posted on Mar, 19 2014 @ 05:27 PM
Oh, the memories!
Born in the 60's myself, just a short while before Star Trek, and can only wish my own children could see days like we had then!
We were so much more independent as children, while at the same time being so cared for and loved. Summer days were spent outside, unless we got
hungry, or needed a bathroom. We would play in the woods, in tree houses, wherever we wanted, and not come in till dusk, when the mercury vapor
lights were coming on. No one worried much about strangers, though we all had enough common sense to avoid someone suspicious. We played with pea
shooters and crab apples and pine cones and water balloons, in ways that would get a kid throw out of school, or cause a call to a social worker
today! Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers, even though we were girls, sliding down a red clay ridge hill on cardboard boxes, balancing on porch
railings, riding double on a banana seat on a bike, or on the handlebars, if they were the cool kind, playing in the snow when we got enough,
splashing in puddles barefoot every time it rained, walking to the grandparents' house alone, or to a friend's, following the railroad tracks across
the bridge to get home from school faster, riding bikes and Big Wheels and whatever with no safety gear, going to the Dime Store with a quarter, and
coming out with several new toys, drinking from the hose, shooting a BB gun right in the yard in plain sight( targets, not each other or animals),
watching Saturday morning cartoons that were actually GOOD, and so much more! We had three channels on TV, four if you could tune in PBS, but there
wasn't much on that to watch. The moon landing was a HUGE big deal (yes, I remember that, though I was really small). At Christmas time, stores
downtown would set up these amazing window displays, all animated, and very detailed. Late night horror movies were safe for the kids to watch (LOVED
Shock Theater!!). Childhood "celebrities" (we never used that word) were people like Captain Kangaroo, not some sports person or singer. Family
dinner was a regular thing, with at least one every weekend with the grandparents. Neighbors knew one another. We felt blessed to have a color
television, and my grandfather never owned one. He had a party line on his phone, too! Computers took up entire floors of big office buildings.
People actually had real, live conversations, in person and on the phone, and they weren't about silly things like the latest popular FB post or
every single silly thing a person did all day. People actually talked about things that matter, and really knew one another. Divorce wasn't common,
and promiscuous behavior wasn't seem as "normal and expected". Kids finished school, and were expected to actually learn while there. Schools
taught actual subjects, like reading, math, history, and science, and no one expected political views to be pushed within those walls. Most teens
weren't out having sex, or getting pregnant, and most didn't use drugs or drink, either. That was behavior seen in the few rare "hippies" that
would pass through. The police actually expected people to be able to defend themselves, and didn't bat an eyelash at a person having a gun at home.
There were a few dark spots. Some places had rioting and unrest over racial issues, though we saw literally none of that (in the South....) until
mandatory "busing" was instituted. Then, we got to see racism against us for being some of the very few white kids at a mostly black school. We
didn't really worry about any nuclear threat. Never even heard it mentioned in school. We did have tornado drills. There were other disasters,
like floods, but no one complained that they weren't treated equally. Overall, though, those were better days. We learned what live is really
about, and how to think for ourselves, and be strong and independent. We grew up understanding that patriotism was a good thing. I remember the
Bicentennial so well! The whole country was excited, and being an American was a big part of all our lives. Freedom was the best thing about it.
We can still teach our own children some of this. Mine don't have their own televisions or computers. Well, the oldest two do, but they are adults,
and bought them! The younger don't have cell phones, either. They don't spend their free time on Facebook or Twitter or wherever. The most common
activity is actually reading! They LOVE their books, and I love that! We still pray at meals, even when out together, and they all know they are
expected to behave themselves. They know how to speak to adults with respect, and can converse with them. Television viewing is controlled, as are
movies. Video game and computer time are rewards for good behavior. They can't roam around safely like we did, but they can still learn some of the
Excellent thread, and S&F for all the memories alone!