Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read this...............

Close your eyes and go back in time...

Before the Internet...

Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...

Way back........

I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park.

The corner shop, hopscotch, butterscotch.

Skipping, handstands, football with an old can.

Fingerbob, the Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the menace.

Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.

The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.

Bazooka Joe bubble gum.

An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune

Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps a screwball.


Tiswas or Swapshop? and 'Why Don't You'? - or staying up for Doctor Who.

When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere.

Earwigs, wasps, stinging nettles and bee stings.

Sticky fingers, marbles, ball bearings.

Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro.

Climbing trees, building igloos out of snow banks.

Walking to school, no matter what the weather.

Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.

Being tired from playing....remember that?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.

Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops.

Remember when...

There was one type of trainers ~ in Wales they were called "daps"- and the only time you wore them at school was for P.E.

You knew everyone in your street - and so did your parents.

It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.

You didn't sleep a wink on Christmas eve.

When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.

When 25p was decent pocket money more than enough for Space Dust and Toffo's.

Top Trumps.

When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When nearly everyone's mum was at home when the kids got there.

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 head'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. parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! and some of us are still afraid of them. Didn't that feel good?

Just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that! Remember when....

"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly".

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.

And the worst thing in your day was having to sit next to one.

It was unbelievable that 'British Bulldog 123' wasn't an Olympic event.

Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a catapult.

Nobody was prettier than Mum.

Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.

Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.

Ice cream was considered a basic food group.

Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.

Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED.


K Jones said...

Amen to all of them. I am still scared of my Granddad and he's been dead for 13 years. I still remember waiting anxiously for the foot of snow to show up and for us to spend 8 hours on a Saturday climbing to the top of a hill and sledding down. Good times...

Ms Mac said...

I couldn't pick between Tiswas or Swapshop. I had to sit right next to the telly and change the channel every now and then!

But Why Don't You? I loved!!!

In summer my Mum used to tell us, "Come home when the street lights come on". In Scotland it stayed light until 10pm some nights. Can you imagine that now?

Fizzy said...

Swap shop and jumpers!!
I also could stay out until the lights got on.
Sand in the beach snadwiches.
marbles and "what time is it Mr Wolf"
Making houses/dens out of clothes frames

Ahhhhh Jo I wish it was like that now