In times like we are in at the moment when nothing seems safe, when folks fear of loosing there jobs or even their home, there is one thing they can’t take away from you and that’s your memories.
Isn’t it strange how when we look back on our childhood immediately all the good things seem to pop into your mind? The brain I often think has a wonderful filling system; it seems to bury somewhere very deep all the bad memories but all of the good stuff are near at hand whenever we need them and all those important dates in our lives you can recall them whenever needed. We can all remember where we were when we heard about the death of Kennedy or John Lennon or Elvis or when the plains crashed into the Twin Towers. How does work when you are watching a really old film and you see some actor in it that you haven’t heard of for years and cant recall is name and then ten minutes after the name suddenly pops up into your head, how does that work?
I was looking through a friend Website the other day, he like me loves looking back into history and he has filled his site full of memories http://www.pastreunited.com/
And spend many a happy hour looking through it.
I was on the home page and read the bit below and it brought a smile to my face and many wonderful memories as well that I thought I would post it in my blog because I knew that some of you would also remember when
Do you remember when all the girls wore ugly gym slips? It took five minutes for the TV to warm up. Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school, only posh folks owned a thoroughbred dog. You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny and can you remember how much you could get for a penny Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces. You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol served without asking, and it came with a smile and all for free. It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed...And they did it! When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car... And people went steady not dated or went out with each other. No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car and in the ignition, also the house doors were never locked.
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game. Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger. And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today. When being sent to the head's study was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the 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 survived because their love was greater than the threat. As well as summers filled with bike rides, rounders, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating sherbet with liquorice sticks. Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?
Coca Cola in bottles. Blackjacks and bubblegum. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops.
Hi-Fi & 45 RPM records. 78 RPM records? Adding Machines?? Scalextric. Do You Remember a Time When... Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'? Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest? Catching tiddlers could happily occupy an entire day? It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'? The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'? Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a catapult? War was a card game? Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle? Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin? Water balloons were the ultimate weapon? If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!