A young person asked the other day “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”
I answered “We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up. It was all slow.”
“C’mon, seriously” he continued, “Where did you eat?”
I sighed that older person’s sigh and answered “It was a place called home.”
To clarify, I told him “Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table.” I further explained “And if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did!”
By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card .
My parents never drove me to school. I had two good legs and at one point a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and it only had one speed -S L O W
The first television in our house was, of course, black and white, but there was a screen we could put on it that turned the sky blue and the grass green. The 3 stations we had went off the air at 11, after playing the national anthem. It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people. The only stuff worth watching was on Saturday mornings and Sunday nights. Period!
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line and before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people weren’t already using the line. If so, you’d hang up and wait. Or if you were like me, you’d listen 😉
Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. My brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week before school and on Saturday.
Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies! There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive .
(Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?)
Another memory (that, according to this generation, prove I’m older than dirt!)
Have you ever seen a cola bottle with a stopper with holes in it and wondered what it was? Did you ever see your mother or grandmother iron and see them use it? If yes, you are as old as dirt too! If not, you’ll have no idea. I’ve heard kids guess it was a homemade salt shaker. Wrong. It was to sprinkle water on clothes that were being ironed. They didn’t have steam irons, so they made their own! I got a steam iron when I got married, but before then?
Sprinkle Sprinkle Sprinkle!
(Man, I am old!)
Okay, here’s an Older Than Dirt Quiz :
How many do you remember? Count all the ones that you remember, NOT the ones you were told about (Ratings at the bottom)
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor
Ignition switches on the dashboard
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards
Wearing plastic bread bags over your shoes instead of boots
Curling irons you heat on a gas burner or wood stove
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals
Coffee shops with table side juke boxes
Home milk delivery in glass bottles
Party lines on the telephones
Newsreels before the movie
Serials and cartoons before the movie
TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show before and were there until TV shows started again in the morning
It’s Howdy Doody Time
45s and 78s records
33 1/3 Hi-fi records
Metal ice trays with lever
Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age
If you remembered 11+ = You’re older than dirt !!
We might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of our lives