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The age of innocence

Postby anne1206 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:08 pm

why can't we live like this now??? Oh the age of innocence.




Remember when....


Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read
this...............

Close your eyes and go back in time...
Before the Internet...
Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....
Before Playstations, x-box or Super Nintendo...

Way back......

I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park.
The corner shop.
Hopscotch.
Butterscotch.
Skipping.
Handstands.
Football with an old can.
Fingerbobs.
Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the menace.
Roly Poly.
Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.
The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune
Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps a screwball.

Wait......
Going to Saturday morning Picture (we are the minors of the ABC)
Watching Saturday morning cartoons, short commercials or the flicks.
Children's Film Foundation, The Double Deckers, Red Hand Gang, The Tomorrow People, Tiswas or Swapshop?, and 'Why Don't You'? - or staying up for Doctor Who.
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere.
Earwigs, wasps, stinging nettles and bee stings.
Sticky fingers.
Kernockers
Playing Marbles. Ball bearings. Big 'uns and Little 'uns.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro.
Climbing trees.
Building igloos out of snow banks.
Walking to school, no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
Being tired from playing....remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Choppers and Grifters.
Twist grip 3 speed gears
Everyone had Police sirens on their bikes.
Small narrow skateboards and adjustable rollerskates
Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops.

Remember when...

There were two types of trainers - girls and boys, and Dunlop Green Flash and the only time you wore them at school was for P.E.
You knew everyone in your street - and so did your parents.
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'best' friends.
You didn't sleep a wink on Christmas eve.
When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
When 25p was decent pocket money
Curly Wurlys. Space Dust. Toffo's.
Top Trumps.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When nearly everyone's mum was at home when the kids got there..
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 of it.
When being sent to the head'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.
Parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! (and some of us are still afraid of them.) Didn't that feel good?

Just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
Remember when....

Decisions were made by going ' eanie meanie minie mo '
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in 'Monopoly'.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
And the worst thing in your day was having to sit next to one.
t was unbelievable that 'British Bulldog 123' wasn't an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a catapult.
Nobody was prettier than Mum.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED.
durate et vosmet rebus servate secundis///>Carry on and preserve yourselves for better times
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Postby Corinne » Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:40 am

Most of that brought a wistful smile to my face, I'm a bit younger than many on here but I think I must have been very aware as a child.

Most friends my age (30 in December) dont even remember ha'pennys!

I remember when mums ciggies cost 83p! And I'd get the change for a mars bar :) or I'd use it for the halfpenny sweets! Pink shrimps & Flying saucers & those chocolate buttons with hundreds & thousands on!

And the grumpy old man who lived downstairs, who would complain about us all, but still give me orange squash if he found me on his doorstep stroking his dog & who gave me a Pound note for my 5th birthday!

And climbing to the top of the tree in the grounds of the flats we lived in & no-one complaining or fussing about it when there were 5 or 6 of us trying to out do each other & get the highest!

And later, living near a stream & catching tadpoles & sticklebacks & collecting frogspawn by the jarfull!

It seems like a different world.

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Postby sarclanat » Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:37 pm

Oh my, there are certianly loads of memories there, how i would love to turn back the clocks to those days, seems a life time away now...............
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