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Growing Up In A Simpler Time

Growing Up In A Simpler Time

Growing up years ago was very different than today. We children always found something to occupy our time. Whether it was shooting marbles, playing hopscotch, swimming or fishing in the local fishing hole, pushing an old car tire down the road or just hopping on a broom stick and riding it around as if it was a horse, we were just as happy as if we had all the toys in the world. We did not have all the electronic gadgets that our kids enjoy today, but we seem to be happier.

I remember waiting on the book mobile to come by once a week in the summer. I remember picking berries and eating all that our stomach could hold, then picking some to take home to mama, so that she could bake a berry pie. We also picked plums, ate sour grass and climb the neighbor’s fence to get to their plum granny tree. We had a special place that all the kids in the neighborhood would go called the field. It was like a year round retreat for us. We built a clubhouse out of bits and pieces of scrap lumber and played sports according to the season, basketball in the winter, baseball in the summer and football in the fall. When we were playing, our parents only had to yell our name and we would come running, no matter how far away we were.

Children did not act up at another person home; because the neighbor would spank you and you would pray they did not call your parents or you would get another whipping when you got home. It was also a time when a child was required to say, “Yes sir or no sir” to any grown up, no mater what color or age. Our families did not give us much spending money, so we earned it. We would cut or rake someone’s yard, haul hay or pick up coke bottles to sell. I remember going to the store, buying a Coke a Cola for only a dime and a bag of peanuts, and mixing them together. That was so good back then. Those big Jack’s cookies (the ones that were in the big glass cookie jar, I think some people called them windmill cookies or something like that) were two for a penny and penny candy really cost a penny.

Most of the summer we went bare foot and only wore a pair of cut off shorts. Funny how tuff our feet seem to be back then. The few times we dressed up, was to go to church on Sundays. Every third Sunday, everyone would bring their meal to church, after the service, we would have lunch on the church grounds and everyone would share their meals.

Well I guess that I have bored you all enough, so I will close. I just wanted to share my memories a time when things were simple.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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