You’re Not Old Unless You Can Remember…

  • Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.
  • When Kool-Aid was the only drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.
  • When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers), and the only time you wore them at school, was for “gym.”
  • When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
  • When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there.
  • 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 girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.
  • When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
  • When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.
  • When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking,….. for free, every time and you didn’t pay for air. And you got trading stamps to boot!
  • When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.
  • When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
  • When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
  • When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and did!
  • When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
  • When women were called, “Mrs. John Smith,” instead of their own name.

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