Our Childhood in Black and White

Go all the way to the bottom past the pictures. I think you'll enjoy it. Whomever wrote this, described childhood to a T. Hope you enjoy it.

Spanky & Our Gang

The Honeymooners

Annette Funicello - The Mouseketeers

Batman & Robin

The Andy Griffith Show

The Lone Ranger & Tonto

Barney Fife

The Original Superman

Hopalong Cassidy

Black and White

(Under age 40? You won't understand.)

You could  hardly see for all the snow,

Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. 

Pull a chair up to the TV set,

'Good Night, David. Good Night,  Chet.'

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on  the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't  seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on  the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches  were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers,  but I can't remember getting e.coli .

Almost all of us would have  rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about  boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have  conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system. 

We all took gym, not PE .. and risked permanent injury with a pair  of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training  athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I  can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us  how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option .. even  for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking  of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying  in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention. 

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health  system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and  everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something  before I was allowed to be proud of myself..

I just can't recall  how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270  digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl  and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed! 

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant  construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent  bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like  iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it's a trip to  the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of  antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for  leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat. 

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did,  we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we  got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and  doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did  his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him  up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck. 

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that  they were from a dysfunctional family.. How could we possibly have known  that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management  classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills that we  didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did  we ever survive?


Pass  this to someone (or not) and remember that life's most simple pleasures  are very often the best. Nothing good or bad will happen to you as a  result, but it might put a smile on someone else's  face.