posted on May, 15 2017 @ 02:38 PM
I'm a great grandma. Great grandson will be three in July. Most of you here are still whipper snappers! Lol!
I'm old enough that everything is the good old days!
TV was black & white with only 3 channels.
And it went off the air at midnight! There was nothing else to do but go to bed!
Our phone was a party line & whenever you wanted to make a call, there would be a couple of old biddies on it gossiping!
Nothing but a few gas stations were allowed to be open on Sundays. Even factories were closed.
Sundays were family days!
Girls in PUBLIC school weren't allowed to wear pants, only dresses or skirts! No facial hair on boys either. We got our senior pictures taken during
the summer & all of the boys that had sideburns or moustaches, their spot in the yearbook was blank! It said picture unavailable!
We had no rights!
Necessities were cheap, but everything else was expensive. Which is how it should be! Plus things were made with pride & made to last a long time! My
parent's first washer lasted 30 years!
You could drive to work all week on $3 worth of gas. A brand new AMC Gremlin sold for $1,999!
They would wash your windshields while you got gas. And if you filled your tank, you got free premiums! Sometimes it would be a drinking glass.
Glass cereal dishes came in round boxes of oatmeal & towels came in boxes of clothes soap!
Today the towels & dishes would cost more than the products they came in!
There was very little plastic yet, most things came in glass. The milkman delivered to our door. Milk was in glass bottles. In school the eighth
graders got to set up the tables in the cafeteria for the first graders. Milk bottles had thick, crimped foil lids. We had to take a potato peeler,
punch a hole in the lid & insert a straw for them!
Still had garter belts & stockings! In eighth grade the 'in' fashion statement for the girls was white, tie sneakers with nylons. Single leg nylons
with elastic tops, were just coming into the stores & were very expensive. Finally talked my parents into letting me have some. Our school bus was so
full that there were 3 or 4 kids to a seat plus some standing in the aisle. Coming home the first day, I was standing in the aisle & a first grader
squeezed by at her stop & shredded one of my nylons with the buckle on her school bag!!!
Can you imagine school buses with aisles full of kids today?!
The principal at school had a paddle that looked like a narrow, wooden cutting board. And was allowed to use it!
In the summer, we would pack a lunch & go out riding our bikes all day, even along the highway which wasn't busy, & be gone until supper time.
Our parents never had to worry about us.
We would collect glass pop/soda bottles out of the ditches, wash them & turn them into the neighborhood gas station for the deposit. Then we would buy
candy with the money. BIG candy bars were 5 cents each! And there was penny candy too.
All the kids in the neighborhood would get together & play baseball in a field. We somehow didn't fight or argue either!
Sometimes, when our parents went for groceries at a local Mom & Pop store, we were allowed to go along. We would sit on the floor reading the comic
books while they shopped & if we were good, we would be allowed to buy one! For 10 cents! Other kids did the same thing. The owner never yelled at us
There were no zip codes or house numbers yet. The mailman knew everyone, how many kids they had, what their names were & how long they had lived
There were no store bought Halloween costumes, you had to make your own! And it was much more fun. And half the fun was seeing what everyone came up
with! There were some awesome costumes!
Sigh! I miss it all! Kids today sure are missing out!
Sorry for the long post! I got carried away on a big wave of nostalgia!!! 😪