Remember when . . .
All the girls had to wear gym uniforms?
(At AF, sleeveless, red, short short dress, with pleats at bottom.
And, red panties. Lasted me all through jr high and high school.)
At Dixie, "Dixie" shorts and a Dixie T-shirt.
At BYU, a one-piece light blue jumpsuit uniform, that BYU handed
to you every week! The bottom went to the knees. Many
girls rolled them up to the top of their thigh. Then,
we had to wait in class for them to roll them back down.
Every single day! You had to wear a BYU approved
swimsuit, too. Which was handed out. Black, with
no built-in bra!)
It took the tv 15 minutes to warm up?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter to retrieve a penny?
Your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked,
and gas pumped without asking . . . all for free,
every time? And you didn't pay for air?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes, or towels
hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed . . . and
(Bryan Davis was in my 3rd-5th grade classes. In 6th grade,
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car . . . to cruise,
peel out, burn rubber or watch submarine races (at Utah Lake)
and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they
were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic
And with all our progress, don't you just wish
just once, you could slip back in time and savor the
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't
because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But, we survived because their love was greater than
. . . as well as summers filled with bike rides,
Hula Hoops, visits to the pool, and eating
Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say,
"Yeah, I remember that?"
The Lone Ranger
Sodapop machines that dispersed glass bottles
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes
Newsreels before the movie.
(My parents' time)
Telephone numbers with a word prefix:
Ours was "Skyline 6-4787" or "Sk6-4787",
which when you changed the letters to the corresponding number,
(My parents' time)
78 RPM records
(Always S&H. Although I didn't know what the letters stood for!)
Do you remember a time when decisions were made by going,
"Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe?"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming,
Race issue meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three best friends
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
(Before my time)
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30 minute
Oly-oly-oxen-free, made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was
cause for giggles?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike
into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?