How I Grew Up

Author Unknown

PARTS: (29) <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> MEMORIES 1. 16. A little house with three bedrooms Remember going to the store and one car on the street, and shopping casually, A mower that you had to push And when you went to pay for it to make the grass look neat. you used your own money? 2. 17. In the kitchen on the wall Nothing that you had to swipe we only had one phone, or punch in some amount, We had no need for recording things, Remember when the cashier person someone was always home. had to really count? 3. 18. We only had a living room The milkman used to go where we would congregate, from door to door, Unless it was at mealtime And it was just a few cents more in the kitchen where we ate. than going to the store. 4. 19. We had no need for family rooms There was a time when mailed or extra rooms to dine, letters came right to your door, When meeting as a family Without a lot of junk mail ads those two rooms would work out fine. sent out by every store. 5. 20. We only had one TV set, The mailman knew each house by name and channels maybe two, and knew where it was sent; But always there was one of them There were not loads of mail with something worth the view. addressed to "present occupant." 6. 21. For snacks we had potato chips There was a time when just one glance that tasted like a chip, was all that it would take, And if you wanted flavor And you would know the kind of car, there was Lipton's onion dip. the model and the make. 7. 22. Store-bought snacks were rare They didn't look like turtles because my mother liked to cook, trying to squeeze out everymile; And nothing can compare They were streamlined, white walls, fins, to snacks in Betty Crocker's book. and really had some style. 8. 23. Weekends were for family trips One time the music that you played or staying home to play, whenever you would jive, We all did things together -- Was from a vinyl, big-holed record even go to church to pray. called a forty-five. 9. 24. When we did our weekend trips The record player had a post depending on the weather, to keep them all in line, No one stayed at home And then the records would drop down because we liked to be together. and play one at a time. 10. 25. Sometimes we would separate Oh sure, we had our problems then, to do things on our own, just like we do today, But we knew where the others were And always we were striving, without our own cell phone. trying for a better way. 11. 26. Then there were the movies Oh, the simple life we lived with your favorite movie star, still seems like so much fun, And nothing can compare to How can you explain a game, watching movies in your car. just kick the can and run? 12. 27. Then there were the picnics at And why would boys put baseball cards the peak of summer season, between bicycle spokes, Pack a lunch and find some trees And for a nickel red machines and never need a reason. had little bottled Cokes? 13. 28. Get a baseball game together This life seemed so much easier with all the friends you know, and slower in some ways, Have real action playing ball -- I love the new technology and no game video. but I sure miss those days. 14. 29. Remember when the doctor So time moves on and so do we, used to be the family friend, and nothing stays the same, And didn't need insurance But I sure love to reminisce or a lawyer to defend? and walk down memory lane. 15. The way that he took care of you or what he had to do, Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.