Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Older Than Dirt

 The top part of these were more from when my parents grew up.
"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"
"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."
"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"

"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis , set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
 
My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger. 
 
I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at 4 AM every morning.. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite c ustomers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?
MEMORIES from a friend:

My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to "sprinkle" clothes with  water  because we didn't have steam irons. Man, I am old.

 
Try this, if you want and send me back your answers!  I'd love to read them!
How many do you remember?
Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.  Yep I remember that.
Ignition switches on the dashboard. Yep, I remember that.
Heaters mounted on the inside of the fire wall.
Real ice boxes.
Pant leg clips for bicycleswithout chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.  I had a grandparent that had an old car that did that, but I thought it was because the signals didn't work.  Now, I am not sure!
Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about Ratings at the bottom.
1. Blackjack chewing gum  Yeah
2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water Yeah
3. Candy cigarettes  for sure, I smoked them when my parents smoked or I played movie star with my friend Marcia.
4. Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles  Of course!
5. Coffee shops or diners with tableside juke boxes Yup, I remember!
6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers I remember the glass bottles they were put in a stainlesss steel box that was suppose to keep the milk somewhat cool.
7. Party lines  Yes, the phone we had at our Lake  Cabin had a party line. 
8. Newsreels before the movie Sure!
9. P.F. Flyers  My husband talks about that
10. Butch wax My husband talks about that, too.
11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933) Yes!
12. Peashooters The boys shot us girls with them
13. Howdy Doody Now, I know this really dates me, but I do remember this vagulely.
14. 45 RPM records  For sure, little things!
15. S&H Green Stamps  Yes, I even saved them to buy (redeeem) them for things for the house when I first got married. It took a lot of stamps to get anything good!
16 Hi-fi's  Heck I think we even had one!
17. Metal ice trays with lever For sure
18. Mimeograph paper Sure, do, had them in school
19 Blue flashbulb Nope
20. Packards Only because my husband has shown me pictures of them, he loves old cars
21. Roller skate keys  My sister had skates like that
22. Cork popguns I heard of them but didn't have one
23. Drive-ins The eating kind or the movie kind?  I remember both!
24. Studebakers  Yes, because Dave is an old car buff
25. Wash tub wringers  Yes, I even had one!

If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age,
If you remembered 1 6-25 = You're older than dirt!

I might be older than dirt but those memories are the best part of my life.  I wouldn't say those were the best days of my life, you had to work harder.   But a lot of people might have loved them.

Don't forget to pass this along!!
Especially to all your really OLD friends....
Let me know how many you remember, you younguns!
Love,
Merry

4 comments:

seraphoflove9001 said...

Oh wow! I remember alot of those! lol that shows my age as well! :o)
Lisa

rebuketheworld said...

Merry, I gotta post this entry in my next news blog...this was so wonderful...the good old days...I would also add that when a person got sick, friends showed up to help out....Unfortunatley, and fortunately and remembered so many of these that I am darn old,lol..I loved those candy cigs.lol....I loved taffy as a kid too but now I dont much care for it....my favorite memories were mud pies....nothing like rocks and sticks to make a creation.....great entry....OH, if you wonder where I have been, I am a youtube addict...lol...the last month, I have spent so many hours watching that I think I am actually coming out of it....why must I jump in with that all of nothing thing,lol......~Raven

nanmm11 said...

1.nope
2.oh yeah my favorite was red
3.yes thats probably where I picked up that nasty habit
4.coke was the one
5.oh yes
6.loved the cream at the  top when ya took the cover off
7.yes and my dad always had to ask the lady on the line to please give him a chance to use the phone
8.of course
9.yes I do remember them too
10.that one got by me somehow
11.oh yeah, my parent's was "university"
12.never had one of those
13.Sing it with me "its howdy doody time" its howdy doody time"
14.I remember my first record player at 9yrs. and went absolutely nuts on christmas morning when I opened it.
15.yes I helped my mother stick them in the book and then looked at all the things we could get with them
16.Yes we had what was called a "Grundig Hi-Fi" set with sliding doors and my dad was always polishing it.
17.yes and they always were a pain to pull on
18.nope not that one can't remember
19.no
20.nope my dad was a Ford man
21.I remember those too
22.never had one of those but I did have guns and holsters to put them in and the whole outfit so I could be "annie Oakley" lol
23.oh yeah, went there with the pajamas on with mom and dad and ran down to the swings and my dad would push me then we would get the hot dog and ice cream and pop corn and then I'd fall asleep after the cartoons. wow what memories are flooding back.
24.heard of them but never had one of those
25.yes, my grandmother had one of those and almost got my fingers caught in it one time too. lol


thanks for the walk down memory lane merry!!!!!!!!!!!! loved it

valphish said...

Merry, you made me feel old and I'm only 41!  Dirt, dirt, dirt, I am! LOL  I remember everything, but a Packard.  Not much into cars, I guess.  Wow... memories.  xox
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