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Close your eyes...And go back...
....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......
....Before semi-automatics and crack....
....Before Play Station, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari.
Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....
way back....way.....way.....way back.....
I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Red Rover....Red Rover.....
Playing kickball & dodge ball until the first...no...second...no...third streetlight came on.
Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope
Duck....duck....GOOSE!!!
YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come, home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I?
Hula Hoops
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker Jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend - but wait.....there's more....
Watching Saturday Morning cartoons
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Tom & Jerry, Heckle & Jeckle, Pink Panther, Richochet Rabbit, Schoolhouse Rock
Watching Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges, Tarzan, Shirley Temple !!)
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
Catching lightning bugs in a jar
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing trees
Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumping down the steps
Jumping on the bed
Pillow fights
Sleep-over's
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Running till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN)
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7-UP or hangman" in the classroom, remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet....Kool-Aid was the drink of the summerSo was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! And some of us are still afraid of em!
Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!"

Well, let's keep going!!Let's go back to the time when...Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-MO"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
“Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people"rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a “double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!
 
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OH man. Some of that stuff really made me long for summertime and slurpees from 7-11 and riding my horse in the really early morning before the sun got hot and then my bike at night after the sun cooled off.

Thanks for that. I miss being a kid sometimes.
 

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I'm only 25 but I remember most of those. I miss them too. I really hope my children will have some of the same memories things are so different today but not all for the better. I grew up in the country and I hope to move out there again before my kids get to school age. I miss the quiet peacefulness.
 

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i miss those days also. i still drink from the hose. nothing tastes better on a hot day. i also remember playing tag at night with a flashlight and sit-n-spin was my favorite toy.
 
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That was fun. ;D

My husbands grandkids would rather come to our house in the country than go to disneyland! (that makes my husband cry sometimes- he's such a baby!) His kids and grandkids only live in town! But he wants his grandkids to experience chasing lizards down the dirt driveway, or splitting and stacking wood. Running as far as you can and not worry about getting run over by a car, (oh yeah and getting poison oak). Building a tree house and sleeping in it, gobbling for turkeys and have them gobble back. Waking to deer in your front yard. Counting all the different birds and bugs you can spot. Stuff like that.

 

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Ah yes, the good old days. Where's the part about being pushed into a mud puddle by a bully and having your art project stomped on and then being called fat and disgusting by the third-grade girl you have a huge crush on?

Thanks, but I like being an adult. :)
 

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Nice reminder. Sad to say life doesn't offer do-overs, I wish it could.
 

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I remember all of those. I really loved my Wonder Woman Underoos!! LOL.

We still do all of that- only now we do it with our kids. :)
 
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