Posted from the internet. I am not sure who the author is but this was sent to me a few days ago;
Someone asked me the other day “What was your favourite ‘fast food’ when you were growing up”?
“We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up”, I informed him, “all the food was slow”!!
“No, come on, seriously, where did you eat”?
“It was a place called home”, I explained. “Mum cooked every day and when dad got home from work, we all sat down together at the dining room table. And if I didn’t like what was on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it”!
By this time the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d figured his system could have handled it;
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore jeans, never set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card. My parents never drove me to school, I had a bicycle that weighed about 50 pounds and it only had one speed, slow. We didn’t have television in our house until I was 10, It was of course black and white, and the station went off air at 11pm, after playing the national anthem and epilogue. It came back on air at about 10am next morning after showing the test pattern for about an hour and there was usually a locally produced show featuring local people and products.
Pizzas were not delivered to our home but milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. My brother delivered a newspaper 7 days a week. He got up at 6am every morning.
Film stars kissed with their mouths shut, at least they did in the films. There was no movie ratings because all movies were produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanities, violence or anything offensive.
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or granchildren. How many do you remember?
1 Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car
2 Ignition switches on the dashboard
3 Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards
4 Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner,
5 Using hand signals because the cars did not have traffic indicators
6 Lolly cigarettes
7 Coffee shops with Juke Boxes
8 Bread delivered in a horse and cart
9 Party lines on the telephone
10 Newsreels before the pictures
11 Kerosene heaters
12 33 rpm records
13 45 rpm records
14 Hi-Fi and streophonic sound
15 Metal ice trays with levers,
16 Blue flash bulbs on the camera
17 Cork pop-guns
18 Wash tub wringers
19 Peashooters and slug guns
20 Telegram boys
If you remembered 0-5, you’re still young
If you remembered 6-10, you’re getting older
If you remembered 11-15, don’t tell your age
If you remembered all 20, you’re positively ancient!
Well, don’t feel too bad I remembered them all. In fact some of these are the best memories of my life
Don’t forget to pass this on!