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Old School

January 18, 2006

My sister sent me this tonight, and oh how true it is. Makes me yearn for my Trapper Keeper.

*sigh* the good ol days… Close your eyes… And go back…
Before the Internet or the MAC
Before semi automatics and crack
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo… Way back…

I’m talkin’ bout hide and go seek at dusk, Red light, Green light.
Playing kickball & dodge ball until your porch light came on.
Mother May I? Red Rover… Hula Hoops
Running through the sprinklers and Happy Meals.

Wait…

Watchin’ Saturday Morning cartoons Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man, Wonder Woman & Super Man.
Catchin’ lightning bugs in a jar
Christmas morning
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses.

Climbing trees
Getting an ice cream off the ice cream truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin’ down the steps, Jumpin’ on the bed, Pillow fights
Runnin’ till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from playin’
Your first crush…
Rainy days at school meant playing “Heads up 7UP” in the classroom…

Remember that? I’m not finished yet…

Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips
When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there.
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance, and another quarter a Miracle.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were so cool.
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! And some of us are still afraid of em!

Didn’t that feel good? Just to go back and say, “Yeah, I remember that.”

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.
Catching 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.
Nobody was prettier than Mom.
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, 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!!!

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