Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Remember?

You might be a boomer if you remember…

# All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
# It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?
# Nearly everyone’s Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
# Nobody owned a purebred dog?
# When a quarter was a decent allowance?
# You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
# Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
# All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels?
# You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn’t pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
# Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
# It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
# They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. And they did it!
# When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car…to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
# No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
# Lying on your back in the grass with your friends? …. and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a… ‘?
# Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
# Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
# And with all our progress, 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 today.


  1. I remember all of these things.... I just loved American Bandstand.. May Dick Clark Rest in Peace.

    1. I loved Dick Clark! New Year's Eve will never be the same without him.

  2. Wonderful. Now I am feeling old. It is really a shame we have lost so much of that. It was a perfect way of life, but much simpler and I think to some degree healthier. We were on Prince Edward Island in September of 2001. The tourist season was over, and things had slowed down. It was lovely, very much like turning the clock back several decades. When Sept. 11 happened, a banner went up in front of a monument in the center of town. People would stop and write messages of condolence and hope. People stopped us in the street (how they knew we were Americans I have no idea) and tell us how sorry they were. Churches stayed open and people would stop by and pray. A very different reaction from the anger and paranoia in the States.

  3. I only know a few of those, but that's more because my mom is a boomer. We were, however, just talking last night about how the original TV remote control was your kid.

    "That's too loud. Turn down the volume!" and you'd have to get up, walk to the set, adjust it, walk back, and sit down. Ditto for changing the channel. Ditto for turning the volume UP! LOL.

    Or even better... when the tv remote control became a button/dial system literally attached to the tv by a wire.

    I'm so old.


    1. That is funny. I remember putting foil on the antenna to get better reception.

  4. Yep, I'm officially a Boomer, I remember them all! Thanks for the memories Lori!

    1. You are welcome MaryLou. I am just barely a Boomer.

  5. I remember everyone!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed it.