Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Memories of the Past

It's amazing how when you remember the past, the past becomes even more real. I have been doing several posts about the 50's lately. As I write one, I remember another day or time. The 50's was a fun age to be a kid growing up. We didn't have a lot, but we were rich in so many other things. You had family, friends and people who watched out for the kids in the neighborhood. There was nobody messing around with the kids then. We had the run of the neighborhood and felt perfectly safe.

Bucky Covington of American Idol fame has a great song about 'A Different World'. The message is clear and Bucky does a good job of sharing the story of a different time. There were so many things back then that we were able to live through. It was nothing to only be in the house for lunch then supper and be out until dark. We definitely had fun all day long. The kids today don't really understand what it is to play outside all day.

Dad could really whistle very loudly, something I never learned how to do. He would whistle and we knew enough to head for home no matter what you were doing. If Dad wanted you home, you went home right then. Kids back then knew how to obey their parents. There was nothing worse then to hear Mom say "You just wait until Dad gets home". Dad had a belt that you got if you were misbehaving. You only got what you deserved. I still think "Spare the rod and spoil the child' is a true saying.

I'm sure those of you that grew up in the 50's and 60's remember those times.


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Shark Girl said...

I remember days like that too, FG. I spent 12 years of my life in Flint, Michigan. It was nothing for us to walk the streets after dark.

My mom became everyone's "homeroom mother". Other kids used to call her mom. We would play all day outside. We were always safe.

About 10 years ago I ran into a retired police officer who worked where my neighborhood was. He told me never to go back there because it's very dangerous there.

It's sad how the places we loved have grown dark and dangerous.

I won't walk outside at night anymore.

You're right about kids today. All they want is TV, iPods and video games. To this day, a good game of kickball, hopscotch and hide and seek in the dark is still fun to me. Parks, horseback riding and site seeing is my idea of fun.