If you are old enough ...take the stroll...
Close your eyes ... And go back ...
Before the Internet or the MAC...
Before semi-automatics and crack...
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.....
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk,
-- Mother May I?
-- Hula Hoops and Sunflower seeds,
-- Whist and Old Maid and Crazy Eights,
-- Wax lips and mustaches,
-- Mary Janes,
-- Saddle shoes,
-- Coke bottles with the names of cities on the bottom,
-- Running through the sprinkler,
-- Running behind the DDT truck,
-- Sittin' on the curb,
-- Staring at clouds,
-- Circle pins,
-- Bobby pins,
-- Mickey Mouse Club, Crusader Rabbit, Rocky &
-- When around the corner seemed far away,
-- and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
-- Climbing trees,
-- Making forts,
-- A Coaster made from orange crates and an old skate,
-- Backyard Shows,
-- Lemonade stands,
-- Cops and Robbers,
-- Cowboys and Indians,
-- Jumpin' down the steps,
-- Jumping on the bed,
-- Pillow fights,
-- Ribbon candy,
-- Angel hair on the Christmas tree,
-- Running from the guards at Halloween,
-- Jackie Gleason as "the poor soul",
-- White gloves,
-- Walking to church,
-- Walking to the Community Center,
-- Being tickled to death,
-- Running till you were out of breath,
-- Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt,
-- Being tired from playin' . . . Remember that?
-- Not steppin' on a crack . . . or you'll break your
-- Paper chains at Christmas,
-- Silhouettes of Lincoln and Washington,
-- The smell of paste,
-- Buck bags and Evening in Paris,
-- Crowding around in a circle for the 'after-school fight',
-- What about the girl that had the big bubbly
-- The Stroll,
-- Popcorn balls, & sock hops,
-- Lunch Boxes with a Thermos (that broke).
-- When there were two types of sneakers for girls and
-- When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up,
-- When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the
-- When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another
-- When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny,
-- When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high
-- When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces
-- When all of your male teachers wore neckties and
-- When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
-- When nobody owned a pure bred dog (except Bohart),
-- When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or
-- When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him
-- When it was considered a great privilege to be taken
-- When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if
-- When the worst thing you could do at school was
-- And the prom was in the auditorium and we danced to
-- When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car . . .
-- When people went steady and girls wore a class ring
-- And no one ever asked where the car keys were
-- And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked
-- And lying on your back on the grass with your friends
-- When stuff from the store came without safety caps
-- And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with
don't you just wish...just once...
you could slip back in time and savor the
slower pace... and share it with the children
of the 80's and 90's ...
So send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows..., Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk...
-- as well as the sound of a reel mower on Saturday
-- Playing in Cowboy land,
-- Baseball games,
-- Bowling and visits to the pool,
-- And eating Kool-aid powder with sugar,
-- And summers filled with bike rides,
-- When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
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