Thanks For the Memories

Thanks For the Memories

A Story by Mary Swingler
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This story describes "the good old day," at least they were for me. 332 words

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If you are decrepit like me, you were born before these things were invented.

There were no televisions, penicillin, polio shots, Xerox or TV remotes.

Clothes were hung outside, on a clothesline to dry.

Men and women got married first, and then they lived together.

Respect for our elders and those in authority was the standard by which we lived.

The Ten Commandments, good judgment and common sense governed our lives.

I grew up without Pizza Hut, McDonalds or microwave ovens.

“Grass” was mowed, not smoked; “pot” was something you cooked in, not toked.

I live in the generation that believes a woman should have a husband, before she has a baby.

There were no fast food restaurants, when I was growing up.

We ate at home and mom and grandma cooked every meal.

When dad finished working, he drove home to spend time with his family.

We ate our meals sitting together at the dining room table.

If I didn’t like the food that was on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until everyone finished eating.

We always asked for permission before leaving the table.

It took us a long time to get a television set; our first one was black and white.

The two or three network stations went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem.

It came back on at 6:00 am, with the local farm report.

Our family only had one phone, which was on the table in the living room.

This big, black phone had a rotary dial in the center, on the front face.

We had a party line, so we had to listen and make sure no one was talking, before we dialed.

I remember movie stars kissed with their mouths shut, at least on the screen.

We did not have movie ratings, because all the movies were produced responsibly.

If these times bring old memories back for you; you were born before the 1950;s.

This means you are very old like me.

 

 

 

 

© 2016 Mary Swingler


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Mary Swingler
I hope to hear from young and old, I would like to know what you think.

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I can relate to all of that. I was born in 1954. I understand what you are saying because I often produce the same argument. The only thing different for me was the telephone, we never had one.
The standards have dropped drastically over the decades and your piece shows this with all its references.
I know that when 'Gone With the Wind' was made the sensors were ready to stop it being shown because Clarke Gable used the word 'damn.' I am broad minded but some of the movie language used today is shocking, even to me.
I like your story of that trip down memory lane. For those who lived them they were the good old days.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Mary Swingler

6 Years Ago

Thank you. thank you again. I appreciate and agree with every word of your review. It echo the senti.. read more



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I can relate to all of that. I was born in 1954. I understand what you are saying because I often produce the same argument. The only thing different for me was the telephone, we never had one.
The standards have dropped drastically over the decades and your piece shows this with all its references.
I know that when 'Gone With the Wind' was made the sensors were ready to stop it being shown because Clarke Gable used the word 'damn.' I am broad minded but some of the movie language used today is shocking, even to me.
I like your story of that trip down memory lane. For those who lived them they were the good old days.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Mary Swingler

6 Years Ago

Thank you. thank you again. I appreciate and agree with every word of your review. It echo the senti.. read more
You focus on What past and what became present life slandered. I try few line poem on this feeling

Where as my love was past
Now seems in present sanerio .
where as you were my sweet dream
Now our love became present sanerio
Now matter how it change
That is the Rule of world sanerio
Time never wait some one
Some one change accordance present sanerio

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Mary Swingler
Mary Swingler

Brooksville, FL



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I am a retired schoolteacher of 25 years, who continues to teach, in other capacities. I am blessed with 5 amazing, intelligent adult children and 4 beautiful grandchildren, whom I cherish. I recent.. more..

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