Bedtime-Story, for Busy Business-Parents
Whimsical Bedtime Stories for Children of All Ages
1950's - 1960's
When your Mom was home when you got home from school.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter,
a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When you placed a shiny penny in each of your "penny
loafers" and the classmate who inserted silver dimes instead
was looked upon with awe.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female
teachers had their hair done and wore high heels.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without
asking, all for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. And, you
got trading stamps to boot.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at
a real restaurant with your parents.
When putting on your best dress to go someplace
special also meant wearing your white gloves, lace-edged socks and
patent leather Mary-Janes.
When all the boys wore "flat-top"
When the milkman delivered
milk right to your house in glass bottles.
Remember lying on your back on the grass with your friends
and saying things like "That cloud looks
like a ....."
Remember jumping waves at the ocean for hours in that cold water.
When a '57 Chevy was everyone's
dream car ... to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine
races, and people went steady and girls wore a class ring with an
inch of wrapped yarn so it would fit her finger.
When the worst thing you could do at school was smoke in the bathrooms,
flunk a test or chew gum.
And no one ever asked where the car keys were, 'cause
they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never
And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked the doors at home,
since no one ever had a key.
And playing baseball with no adults to help kids with
the rules of the game.
Back then, baseball was not a psychological group learning experience
-- it was a game.
Remember when stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic
seals 'cause no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
And with all our progress ... don't you just wish, just once, you could
slip back in time and savor the slower pace ... and share it with the
kids of today...
Remember when being sent to the principal's office was nothing, compared
to the fate that awaited a misbehaving 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 all survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Go back with me for a minute....
Before the Internet or the MAC
Before semi automatics and crack
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...Way back ....
I'm talking about hide-and-go-seek at dusk.
Red light, Green light.
Kick the can.
Playing kickball & dodge ball until your porch light
Mother May I?
Roller skating to music
Running through the sprinkler
Catching lightning bugs in a jar
Christmas morning ....
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Getting Ice Cream from the Ice Cream Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumping on the bed.
Running till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from playing....
Your first crush ....Remember that?
I'm not finished yet....
Kool-aid was the drink of summer
Toting your friends on your handle bars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
There's nothing like the good old days.
They were good then.
They're good now when we think back about them.
Share some of these thoughts with a friend who can relate,
then share it with someone that missed out on them.
I want to go back to the time when............
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do-over!"
"Race issue"; meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly"
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening.
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people"
rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have
lived through some of the very BEST of times.
Author Unknown, but undoubtedly somebody
we grew up with.
Just for fun, the Statler Brothers sing
"Do You Remember These?"