WASN’T THAT US?
A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street. A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat.
And no need for recording things, someone was always home.
Unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate.
When meeting as a family those two rooms would work out fine.
But always there was one of them with something worth the view.
For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there was Lipton’s onion dip.
Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook, And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker’s book.
We all did things together — even go to church to pray.
No one stayed at home because we liked to be together.
But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone.
Then there were the movies with your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare to watching movies in your car.
Then there were the picnics at the peak of summer season,
Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason.
Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend,
And didn’t need insurance or a lawyer to defend?
Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you.
Remember going to the store and shopping casually,
And when you went to pay for it you used your own money?
Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount,
Remember when the cashier person had to really count?
And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.
There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door,Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store.
The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent; There were not loads of mail addressed to “present occupant.”
They didn’t look like turtles trying to squeeze out every mile; They were streamlined, white walls, fins, and really had some style.
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five.
Oh sure, we had our problems then, just like we do today,
Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun, How can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?
And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes,And for a nickel red machines had little bottled Cokes?
This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways,
I love the new technology but I sure miss those days.
So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same, But I sure love to reminisce and walk down that proverbial Memory Lane.
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