Well, I wasn't around last night (high school+4 tests=tired me), but I'm here now! I haven't read this whole thread yet, so I may be repeating. I've skimmed over some, read some and totally skipped over a page lol.
This was E-mailed to me about 6 months ago from my brother's girlfriend (who is about 5 years older than me)
Close your eyes, and go back...
Before the Internet or AIM
Before semi automatics and crack
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...
I'm talking about hide and go seek at dusk.
Red light, Green light.
Playing kickball & dodgeball until your porch light came on.
Mother May I?
Running through the sprinkler
Watching Saturday Morning cartoons
Or what about legends of the hidden temple, Eureka's castle, solute your shorts, rugrats, global guts, sailor moon, double dare, and ARE YOU AFFRAID OF THE DARK!
who could forget Snick
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man & Wonder Woman
And Scooby Doo Underoos
Playing Dukes of Hazard
Catching lightning bugs in a jar
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Getting an ice cream off the ice cream truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumping down the steps
Jumping on the bed
Running till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from playing
Your first crush...
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" in the classroom. Remember that?
I'm not finished yet...
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance, and another quarter a Miracle.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were so cool.
I want to go back to the time 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.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in monopoly
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20.
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
I also remeber watching saved by the bell after school.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!
Even though I'm only 14 and haven't been through a lot (OK, well, anything really lol), when I read this, I just thought about how much easier it was when I was younger than, I don't know, 10, and I know it's only going to get harder from here. I just remember that when I was 7, the worst thing that could happen was skinned knees, and my worst fear was something no one ever really thought would happen - parents getting a divorce. My since then, my parents have gotten separated. As hard as I took it, and taking all of my anger out on my mom, I wish I could have that back and do some of it over.
Then there are the things like a Rolling Stones concert in the '60s! I can't even imagine how crazy and fun that would be.
And I think someone mentioned this about their father (I THINK). They wanted to be there for when their father got home from WWII. I wish I could have been here when my grandfather and grandmother came over from England, in 1945 after the war. To be able to greet them at the dock would have been the best.
AND (last one, I promise) I kind of wish I could have October 10th 2003 back. It was my first Johnny movie (other than ES, but I didn't know it was him when I watched that one), and it was Pirates. It must have been the most fun I've had in my entire (short) life. I was with both of my cousins, and we were hyper as ever. It was hilarious. So many of my memories (and my cousin's) go back to that day. We connect anything that has to do with the theater to that day. It's only a week away and it'll be 2 years. I can't wait!!
Now I'll go read more of this thread. What I've read so far has been so interesting. Thinking about it now, I'd really love to go back and live life with some of you who grew up in the '60s, '70s and '80s. I think I missed out on so much from then.
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~Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars~ Casey Kasem