Flashback to the “good ole days” with this excerpt from an article entitled “This Was The Life” by Frank Kalser on his website Suddenly Senior. At Home Care Assistance Columbus, our caregivers enjoy getting to know our clients and learning about their favorite memories from “way back when.”
- all the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
- It took five minutes for the TV warm up?
- nobody owned a purebred dog?
- a quarter was a decent allowance?
- you got your windshield cleaned and oil checked for free — every time you stopped for gas?
- 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
- a ’57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car … and we used it to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races with our 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?
- stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
- the most brilliant people we knew were Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger — and The Shadow knew everything?
- we rode our bikes to buy candy cigarettes, wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside, soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles, coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes, Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum, home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers, newsreels before the movie, and P.F. Fliers?
- telephone numbers with a word prefix (Raymond 4-601) and party lines?
“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 children of today?”