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Originally posted by FissionSurplus
Although I didn't show up until 1961, this sure took me back. I guess from a child's perspective, it was a pretty good life in the suburbs...Lots of green lawns and trees, plenty of playmates, weekend barbeques and everybody was out of their house on a nice day, visiting with each other. We kids, if we weren't stuck in school or church, were outside every day unless it was raining, from early morning until the street lights came on and we raced home before it got absolutely dark. Maybe we took a break on a hot day to watch some TV (Maybe Gilligan's Island, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Batman, The Three Stooges, or Chiller Theater). Let us not forget the sacred Saturday morning cartoons. I think I went a whole year when I was four thinking I was the Road Runner.
Yes, the world had problems, but there was a feeling of optimism and hope for the future that is sorely lacking today. There was a feeling of community, a feeling of belonging to something greater, and a sense that we were all together in the same boat. If one worked hard and applied themselves, anything was possible. The middle class was thriving, and only one income was needed to support a family and live a good life.
That's all gone now. The older suburbs are now ghettos, and the newer ones are merely "bedroom" communities, where every member of the family is gone from the crack of dawn until late in the evening, so these places are creepy, well-kept ghost towns during the day.
Oh well. Thanks for the memories.