Our place in the 40's and 50's

Were you a kid in the Forties, Fifties or so?
Everybody makes fun of our childhood!
Comedians joke. Grand kids snicker.
Twenty-something's shudder and say "Eeeew!"
But was our childhood really all that bad?
Judge for yourself:

In 1953 the American population was much less than now.
Yet you knew more people then, and knew them better
And that was good.

The average annual salary was under $3,000.
Yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day
and still live a decent life. And that was good.

A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents .
But it was safe for a five-year-old to skate to the store
and buy one .. And that was good.

Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet,
Gunsmoke and Lassie. So nobody ever heard of ratings
or filters And that was good.

We didn't have air-conditioning, So the windows stayed up and
half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike.
And that was good.

Your teacher was either Miss Grey or Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Quesinberry.
But not Ms Becky or Mr.Dan ... And that was good.
The only hazardous material you knew about.
Was a patch of grassburrs around the light pole
at the corner. And that was good.

You loved to climb into a fresh bed, because sheets
were dried on the clothesline. And that was good.

People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives.
So "child care" meant grandparents or aunts and uncles.
And that was good.

sombode stole thes her picdure
now i are lookin clos for it
sore wish i had her bac.carolyn

Parents were respected and their rules were law.
Children did not talk back. and that was good.

TV was in black-and-white, but all outdoors was
in glorious color ... And that was certainly good.

Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody's carburetor.
And the Dad next door knew how to adjust all the TV knobs.
And that was very good.

Your grandma grew snap beans in the back yard.
And chickens behind the garage.
And that was definitely good.

And just when you were about to do something really bad.
Chances were you'd run into your Dad's friend from work.
Or the nosy old lady neighbor.....or your little sister's
"tattle-tail" buddy.....or somebody from Church. All of whom knew
your parents' phone number. And YOUR first name.
And even THAT was good! ~~~~~ REMEMBER.

Send this on to.............someone who can still remember Grapette, RC & a Moon Pie, Nancy Drew,The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Sky King, Little Lulu comics, Brenda Starr, Howdy Doody and The Peanut
Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle,
Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk as well as the sound of a
reel mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike
rides, playing in cowboy land, playing hide and seek and kick-
the-can and Simon Says, baseball games, amateur shows at the
local theater before the Saturday matinee, bowling and visits to
the pool and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar,
and wax lips and bubble gum cigars.

Didn't it feel good, just to go back and say,
"Yeah, I remember that!"
And was it really that long ago??

Send this on to other good Kids who experienced childhood
in the Forties, Fifties or so.

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