Topic: Memories


A little house with two bedrooms and one car on the street,
A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.

In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, and no
need for recording things, someone was always home.

We only had a living room where we would congregate,
Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.

We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine,
When meeting as a family those two rooms would work
out fine.

We only had one TV set, and channels maybe two, But
always there was one of them with something worth
the view.

For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton's onion dip.

Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked
to cook, And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty
Crocker's book.

The snacks were even healthy with the best ingredients,
No labels with a hundred things that make not a bit of

Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play,
We all did things together -- even go to church to pray.

When we did our weekend trips depending on the weather,
No one stayed at home because we liked to be together.

Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own,
But we knew where the others were without our own
cell phone.

Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.

Then there were the picnics at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.

Get a baseball game together with all the friends you know,
Have real action playing ball -- and no game video.

Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend,
And didn't need insurance or a lawyer to defend?

The way that he took care of you or what he had to do,
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for

Remember going to the store and shopping casually, And
when you went to pay for it you used your own money?

Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount,
Remember when the cashier person had to really count?

Remember when we breathed the air; it smelled so fresh
and clean, And chemicals were not used on the grass to
keep it green.

The milkman used to go from door to door, And it was just
a few cents more than going to the store.

There was a time when mailed letters came right to your
door, Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every

The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it
was sent; There were not loads of mail addressed to
"present occupant."

Remember when the words "I do" meant that you really
did, And not just temporarily 'til someone blows their lid.

T'was no such thing as "no one's fault; we just made a
mistake," There was a time when married life was
built on give and take.

There was a time when just one glance was all that it
would take, And you would know the kind of car, the
model and the make.

They didn't look like turtles trying to squeeze out every
mile; They were streamlined, white walls, fins, and
really had some style.

One time the music that you played whenever you would
jive, Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five.

The record player had a post to keep them all in line, And
then the records would drop down and play one at a time.

Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today,
And always we were striving, trying for a better way.

And every year that passed us by brought new and greater
things, We now can even program phones with music or
with rings.

Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?

And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle
spokes, And for a nickel red machines had little bottled

This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways,
I love the new technology but I sure miss those days.

So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane.

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OMG!  Aint it the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Wow Ron, you just gave me a nice walk down memory lane.   I find myself doing a lot of "remembering" old times lately,  now that my father is nearing the end of his life.  Most/all of those memories include my family, especially my dad.  Seems like it was such a calmer, simpler time....Thanks for triggering many memories.

The  Lord is my shephard

Re: Memories just have a knack for saying the right thing.  For a moment  there I became a child again.  Thanks for that.


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Same here Ron!  Memories!  Now I have to get out the owner's manual to make sure all the features are turned off on something, so I can rest without being disturbed.  Thanks Ron, I enjoyed the trip and then some.
Jeff G.

Take it to the Limit,One More Time! (Eagles)

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Aw Jeff, what a hero you are!

I get out the instruction manuels and my eyes just glaze over.  Once I have worked my way through ten pages of 'Elf 'n' Safety warnings I come to the good bit..............How to assemble; How to work it; How to "Troubleshoot" when it refuses to work.  Why must the authors of these manuels, (they are obviously all semi-literate, smart a$$ed young kids), insist in treating us as though we have a Phd in electronics or computers rather than the blathering idiots we really are.  I'm a great believer in things working intuitively, but, luckily, I have a resident son who sits, patiently, for 30 minutes showing me how to program my DVD so that it will record a film from the satelite.  Next time, I'm that blathering idiot again!

I have also noticed that, whereas a few years ago I was the epitome of patience and consideration, nowadays every stupid thing I have to try or read gets me a tad upset.

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Ron we are very old style here.My son has a big collection of vinyl-he is a musician and thinks there is something very special about the old technology.We all love to browse the 2nd hand shops.We call them op shops(short for opportunity)I wonder what other countries call them.Anyhow loved your poem

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   I LOVED this poem - what a great memory-tickler - oh for the simpler life! I think that is why I want to go "green" - to pare down and simplfy things. Life is just to darn complicated.  Anyway, I raise my coffee cup to you!

   Janet - I love that name - op shop! One of my favorite TV shows is Antiques Roadshow - I watch it faithfully - and dream!

Joyce C.

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Thanks Ron for the poem. How true all of that is. I actually tell my kids I am glad that I'm getting "old" because its so sad to see all of the changes, environmental destruction etc. I live in the country and I love my birds and wild critters. So many people don't even pay any attention to nature anymore. They have their headphones on or cell phone to their ear. I don't even know my cell phone number. Ha! We just have a Tracphone that we keep for emergencies. Most people find that hard to believe. I actually went to town yesterday after not leaving our farm for 9 days.Sometimes I go for weeks without leaving, this time of year. Tom goes once or twice a week. He's much more social! I have a great life-I guess I'm a bit of a hermit but I am really busy right now since I have a small greenhouse business.I have a pet rabbit in one of my greenhouses that keeps me company. He got hit by a car a few days ago and was blinded in one eye but seems to be okay other than that. He was smart enough to get in out of the cold and to safety.
      Thanks again for the trip down memory lane. I really do think people were happier then. We all need to simplify our lives! I would miss my computer and TV remote though. Two of the greatest inventions!! Mary

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What a timely post, you hit a nerve here. I was taking pictures with my non-digital camera yesterday and someone asked me when I was going to go digital and when I replied that I really didn't want to have to figure out all that, this person asked me how I help patrons at the library with their questions about digital cameras. I replied that I help them the way I help everyone else, I find them a book on digital cameras! Yes, apparently librarians are now supposed to be technology mediators, figuring out everyone's technology problems and learning every kind of gadget/hardware/software so we can show everyone how to use it!

I have been toying with the idea of joining The Lead Pencil Club for years (I am also a member of Procrastinators Anonymous). If anyone is interested, here is more info: … /index.htm

And the book:

Librarian Patty

p.s. I have thought on more than one occasion that this website is the only redeeming quality of the Internet.

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I agree Patty.  Someone asked me what is helping me get through this terrible sad time in my life, and I told him  this site and group of people have been a Godsend.  Without progress, we would not have this forum of communication.

The  Lord is my shephard