Michelle Buckley

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Monday, October 17, 2005

Feeling Nostalgic, Ya'll.....

(borrowed from an email making the rounds)

Close your eyes.....And go back in time....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. Sittin' on the porch, Hot bread and butter. Kool-Aid. Chocolate milk. Penny candy in a brown paper bag. Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, Red Light, Green Light, Jacks, kickball, dodgeball. Mother May I? Red Rover and Hula Hoops.

Sunflower Seeds, JollyRanchers, Banana Splits, Wax Lips and Mustaches, Candy cigarettes. Running through the sprinkler. Upgrading from riding a trike to a bike. The smell of the sun and rain and rainbows....


Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons, Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, and Bugs. Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar. When around the corner seemed far away. And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.

Bedtime stories, climbing trees, an ice cream cone on a warm summer night--chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan. Chiggers, a million mosquito bites and sticky fingers. Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians. Sittin' on the curb, 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'....

Remember that?......

Remember when...When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers). Remember showers after gym class? Remember when nobody owned a purebred dog. When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. When laundry detergent came with free glasses, dishes or towels. When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing about it.

When it was considered an honor to go to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. When schools threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed and did! 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? To go back and say -- Yeah, I remember that! There's nothing like the good old days! Wanna go back some more?

Remember when decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo." Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!" "Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest. Being old, referred to anyone over 20. The net on a tennis court was the perfect height to play volleyball and rules didn't matter. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties. It was magic when your dad would "remove" his thumb or take money out of your ears. Nobody was prettier than your Momma. Scrapes and bruises were simply kissed and instantly made better.

It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park. Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare." The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. War was a card game. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon. Ice cream was considered a basic food group. Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

I might be showing my age, but I remember! Do you?

Blogger piscesgurrl said...

You done took me back down memory lane, I'm an old ass @ 41 lol. But I remember playing jaxs, ice cream cones, bell bottoms, big sponge rollers, halter tops, afros, and our dippty do hair styles. I remember when sex wasn't talked about and a kiss was something we sneak on the cheek.

I love the blog, you go gurl.

Welcome to blogworld, its addicting.

12:58 PM, October 17, 2005  
Blogger Blue Moon Mama said...

Thanks for the reminders. You brought back a lot of memories, even for someone relatively young like me...

1:24 PM, October 17, 2005  
Blogger Tanilan said...

Can anyone tell me how we sleeped in those big sponge rollers? I tried that a few years ago and I had to get them out of my head or I wasn't going to get any sleep at all. My fondest memory was knowing that whatever bad happened daddy was always there to make it better. I remember the scent of my dad's cologne. The mild smell of bleach and Pine Sol from momma washing everything she could find (this woman also washed and ironed curtains every week).

I remember these things so vividly now because the other night my husband, mother-in-law and I were looking at old pictures and we just lost my father-in-law. I am fortunate enough to still have my parents but I am clutching those memories and others tightly to hold even closer when they are gone. Thanks for the blog. It made my day

1:46 PM, October 17, 2005  
Blogger nosthegametoo said...

It's nice to read the postings of a published writer. I'm so much of a semi-amateur "writer" that i don't bother giving myself such a title. I'll definately stop by more often; I bookmarked your blog.

I would love to know your opinion of my writing:


Welcome to blog-world. I won't be a stranger.

8:18 PM, October 17, 2005  
Blogger Michelle said...

Yeahhhhh! I'm no longer a blog virgin! Much thanks to my first 4 posters:

Piscesgurrl: Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis? You ain't old! I remember all you listed very well.

Blue Moon Mama: You may be a PYT but as you age, hold on to the special memories.

Tanilan: Sorry for your loss. I'm always glad when I can make someone's day. You've made mine for visiting. Please come back.

Nosthegametoo: Forget the semi-amateur writing crap! Embrace you -- YOU'RE A WRITER! I'll definitely check out your spot.

8:26 PM, October 17, 2005  
Blogger Josie said...

Remember the double dutch and wearing cornrolls and beads. What about tube tops and those thriller jackets.

5:30 AM, October 18, 2005  
Blogger ByeBye said...

lets see what do I remember? ummm nothing but its good to travel down the road where you old fokies been lol j/k.

Great post Michelle!!!

7:22 AM, October 18, 2005  
Blogger BVBrutha said...

ok wheres the 7 things I'm tagged with, I don't know how to play this game. Hey hey hey you got hooked didn't ya on blogging. I wonder who mislead you in this direction like I was lead. Good to see you here.

4:29 PM, October 18, 2005  
Blogger Michelle said...

Zaria -- girl, what were we thinking hair and clothes-wise?
:-) Although those Thriller jackets WERE the bomb. Actually, my "girls" were a bit too big for the tube top craze! Heehee.

Envizable -- dang E, thanks for making me feel real old, although with time (and a lot of help) I'm learning to embrace the whole aging thing. Having good memories always helps...

BVBrutha -- Saw your list. Nice. yeah I'm hooked and there are plenty of folks to blame!

1:30 PM, October 19, 2005  
Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

These memories are so precious. I have so many of the same ones!!! This is a really special post!


1:34 PM, October 19, 2005  
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12:52 PM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger Nicole Mac said...

Great memories, it's like you took me back to the 80s.
Great Job. Cuz

12:53 PM, October 20, 2005  
Blogger Michelle said...

Nic -- glad you liked it. Ah the 80s...good times...good times! Hey, wasn't that a song AND a tv show? Hee

1:19 PM, October 20, 2005  

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