posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 12:16 PM
Can you remember when......
Your doctor examined you with a cigarette in his mouth?
A trip to the movies cost 10 cents to get in and you watched 4-5 movies, a few cliffhangers, dozens of cartoons and even a few news reels all while
munching on 10 cent popcorn and a large 10 cent coke?
You were SOOOO excited when your dad bought a second hand TV till you found out the only way for HIM to watch the ONE channel was for you to stand
behind it with a clothes hanger covered in tin foil?
America had heroes with names like John Wayne, Steve Mcqueen, Charlton Heston, etc?
You ate chicken once or twice a month, pork a couple times a year and beef was what rich folks ate?
Remember the smell of Grandpas still?
Do you remember growing a greased back duck tail just like Dads?
Do you remember being able to buy a gun at 12 without your parents and taking it to school to show everyone?
Do you remember how excited you were when your dad came home from Korea and how you couldn't understand what had changed?
Do you remember having to wait for your uncle for a while longer because he was a POW?
Do you remember him being one of the few people you could talk to after coming home from Viet Nam?
Remember that cute little girl that had turned into a young woman while you were gone? How listening to her cheerful never-ending chatter drowned out
other less pleasant sounds in your head?
Do you remember the Moon Landing, Woodstock, Charles Mansion, Altamont?
Do you remember Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, etc?
How about JFK, MLK, etc?
Remember when we "kept on trucking"?
Remember the young woman and your neighbors and family joining together to keep you from destroying yourself?
Remember that cute little girl turned young woman turned mother of four stair stepped kids cooking chicken and biscuits in your one bedroom apartment
and thinking how Lucky you were?
Remember getting a three bedroom place and cable TV that had 9 channels and HBO?
Remember seeing the man you thought Immortal die at 49 weighing about 70 pounds?
Do you remember how proud you were watching your daughter become the first person in your family to graduate high school and then college?
Remember getting your GED so they would be proud of you too?
Remember oppening classes for training kids in Martial arts to help keep them out of trouble after school?
Remember noticing a little stiffness in your joints during cold spells?
Remember the pride in your sons steady stream of victories in Kumate?
Remember the pain growing worse and worse and having the doctor tell you you had the "crippling" type of Artritis?
Remember going to the hospital for stomuch cramps and waking up six days later, that cute girl turned young woman turned mother of four holding your
hand for ten days? Remember thinking she was starting to have gray hairs but was still the most beautiful woman you had ever seen?
Remember what it was to move without pain? To be able to use both hands and bend over?
But above all do you remember how lucky you have been to have shared your life with a wonderful woman, to have raised four kids that any one would be
proud of, to have lived and loved and fought and shared this wonderful gift from God called life.
Do you remember?