Someone asked the other day, ' What was your favourite ' fast food' when you were
' We did not have fast food when I was growing I informed him.
' All the food was slow
'C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat
' It was a place called ' home,'' I explained. !
' Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the
dining room table, and if I did not like what she puts on my plate, I was allowed
to sit there until I did like it
By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious
internal damage, so I did not tell him the part about how I had to have permission
to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I had
figured his system could have handled it:
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans, 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 a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds,
and only had the one speed, (slow).
We did not have a television in our house until I was 10.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at ten PM, after
playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air about six a.m.
and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people...
I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you
could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you did not know weren't
already using the line.
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, seven days a week. He had to get up at six AM every morning.
Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films. There
were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to
enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share
some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just do not blame me
if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up is not what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and hebrought
me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of
holes in it... I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought
they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that
sat on the end of the ironing board to sprinkle clothes with because we did not have
steam irons. Man, I am old.
How many do you remember?
Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
There were two postal deliveries per day.
Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
The street lights were turned off about 11pm each night.
Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.
Corona drink ( Cherryade) was delivered in glass bottles by lorry each week, and
the empties returned.
Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.
1. Sweet cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until
TV shows started again in the morning. (There were only two channels [if you were
8. 33 rpm records
9. 45 RPM records
11. Metal ice trays with levers
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Wash tub wringers
If you remembered 0-3 = You are still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Do not tell your age
If you remembered 11-14 = You are positively ancient!
I must be positively ancient' but those memories are some of the best parts of my