IT WASN'T BAD AT ALL
CRUISIN' THE NOSTALGIA HIGHWAY
For all of you who were there in the 50's and 60's.........
IT WASN'T BAD AT ALL.......IN FACT, IT WAS PRETTY GOOD
I was born in the late 1940's and grew up in the 50's and early 60's, got married in the middle 60's. You hear a lot of jokes about our childhood. The teens today say, wheeeeee, that was such a long time ago. And they will laugh and snicker about our life then. But you know, it wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good!
The annual salary then was less than 3,000 dollars in the early 50's. For most it was less. Yet, most of the time, only one parent had to work. Mom was at home with a big smile to meet you when you got off the school bus. And with that 3,000, our parents still could put away a little for a rainy day and still live a decent life. And you know, that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
It was safe to send a six year old to the store to get a loaf of bread. For a quarter, he could get the bread and enjoy a candy bar on his way back. That wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
We didn't have air conditioning, so you left the windows and doors open. And you weren't afraid to do so. You knew every person in the community and their children. When a neighbor needed help, the neighborhood was there to lend a helping hand. That wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
When both parents did need to be away for a while, childcare meant leaving them with grandparents and aunts and uncles. And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
You had teachers who really cared and parents who were thankful for those teachers. If you got a paddling in school, you knew you were going to get another one when you got home. And you could go to school and not worry about someone having a gun. And the only drug you had to worry about was being "drug" out of bed in the morning. Ah, those fresh sun dried sheets felt so good! And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
You loved to watch the Real McCoys, Ozzie and Harriett, I Love Lucy, and Roy Rogers on that old black and white TV . You could go down to the theater and watch a Gene Autry movie, enjoy a coke and candy bar, all for 25 cents. And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
Sunday's families went to church together, enjoyed an afternoon ride and picnic together and went back to church Sunday night together. And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
Your Mom knew how to make a cut knee feel fine and Dad could fix anything that needed to be fixed. And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
You enjoyed fresh veggies from the garden, and the chickens ran loose in the yard. And that wasn't bad at all. In fact, it was pretty good.
Parents were respected and their rules were the law. Children didn't talk back. Children were taught to have respect for our elders and those in authority. Children were taught to show manners in their walk and talk. And that wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty good.
Neighbors and friends corrected each other's children.......and it was appreciated. They cared! You were taught patriotism and Christian values in school. You had prayer and the teacher read from the Bible! And that wasn't bad. In fact, it was a wonderful and grand time in so many ways!
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