Rex Allen McCoy
Sippin a Timmy's in London
Close your eyes.....And go back in
time......Before the internet or the
MAC, Before semi automatics and
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.....
I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk. Sittin' on the
bread and butter. The Good Humor man, Red light/Green light,
milk, Lunch tickets, Penny candy in a brown paper
Playin' Pinball in the corner store. Hopscotch,
Doubledutch, Jacks, kickball, dodgeball. Mother, May
Red Rover and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jolly
Banana Splits, Wax Lips and Mustaches. Running through the
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons, Fat
Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The
Three Stooges, and Bugs....
further, listening to Superman on the radio, Catchin' lightning
bugs in a
jar, Playing with a sling shot.
When around the corner seemed far away,
and going downtown seemed like
trees....An ice cream cone on a warm summer night,
chocolate or vanilla or
strawberry, or maybe butter pecan. A cherry
coke from the fountain at
the corner drug store.
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers, Cops
and Robbers, Cowboys
and Indians, Sittin' on the curb, Jumpin down the
Jumpin' on the bed.....Pillow fights, runnin' till you were out
breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.....Being tired
ain't finished just
Eating Kool-aid powder with sugar..... Remember
were two types of sneakers, for girls and for boys, (Keds
& PF Flyers)
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm
up, if you even had one?
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when
the kids got there? When
nobody owned a purebred dog. When a
quarter was a decent allowance, and
another quarter a miracle. When
milk went up one cent and everyone talked
about it for weeks? When
you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor
kissed until late high school, if then.
When your Mom wore nylons that came
in two pieces.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female
their hair done, every day.
When you got your windshield
cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, for free, every
And you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden
the box. When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him
him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to
dinner at a
real restaurant with your parents. When they threatened to
back a grade if they failed...and did!
When being sent to
the principal's office was nothing compared to the
fate that awaited a
misbehaving student 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
There's nothing like the good old days!
They were good then, and
they're good now when we think about
Share some of these thoughts with a friend who can relate, then
with someone that missed out on them....
I want to go back to
the time when........
Decisions were made by going
"eeny-meeney-miney-mo." Mistakes were
corrected by simply exclaiming,
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly."
odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old referred to anyone over
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in
school meant being caught with a slingshot.
Nobody was prettier than
Mom. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made
foot of snow was a dream come true.
Olly-olly-oxen-free" made perfect
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
was a card game.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
Older siblings were the worst
tormentors, but also the fiercest
If you can remember most
or all of these, then you have really
Pass this on to
anyone who may need a break from their "grown up"
DOG DARE YA!