Friday, August 11, 2006

The Feel Good List

I stole this list from Peakah a week or so ago. Peakah's link can be found via Wyatt's links (for now). Given our angst ridden present events, I thought it might be nice to revisit some very pleasant memories. Take a deep breath and say ahhhh.... Please add you own. I've provided some of my more innocent memories. :)
Memory Lane
Close your eyes...And go back......

Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......
Before semi-automatics and crack......
Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari......
Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail......
way back......way...way...way back...
I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green lightRed
Rover, Red Rover
Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first... no... second... no... third streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
London Bridge
Hot potato
Hop Scotch
Jump rope
Duck....duck....GOOSE!!!
YOU'RE IT!!
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled)for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother May I?
Hula Hoops
Seeing shapes in the clouds

Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler
Happy Meals
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend...
but wait...there's more
Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons:
Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force, He-Man...
Schoolhouse Rock
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges, Godzilla) Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
FONZIE.....AYYYYYYYY
Playing Dukes of Hazard
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
Christmas morning
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing treesSwinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps
Jumpin' on the bed
Pillow fights
Sleep-overs
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
Work meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN)
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman in the classroom,
Remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet...
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
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 ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries... And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
And some of us are still afraid of em!

Didn't that feel good?
Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!"
Well, let's keep going!!
Let's 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 by mom or grandma 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.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate secret weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector.

(Your turn to add to the list of those things that you did back then that made you feel ALIVE!)

Here are my additions to the list:
Morgan Freeman and Ritan Moreno were my favorite actors...on Electric Company.
Convincing my friend's dog to chase us over all the fences on our block for a game of "wolf," and stopping to eat wine grapes from a neighbor's yard.
Creating homemade perfume with roses, honeysuckles, and pool water.
Swinging as high as I could on my swing while belting out "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Big Bad Leroy Brown," "These Boots Were Made for Walking," and "My Baby Does the Hanky Panky."
Jumping off of my swing when I got as high as I could to see how far I would fly.
Trying to teach my dog circus-dog tricks.
Building forts out of all the blankets we had.
Riding my bike to little league games to see if I could get a foul ball for a free snow-cone.
Putting on my radio and dancing and singing to almost every song that came on...air guitar was not ruled out as an option.
Playing dress up and putting my mom's make-up on to purposely look like a clown. ha ha

2 comments:

Vincent_Antonelli said...

Here's two from me. Kinda sorta related, but each its own entry

Johnny Carson;
Staying up late to watch Saturday Night Live was THE thing to do, not a sign that you had nothing else to do (as it is now).

RT said...

I used to sneak into the living room to watch Johnny Carson before I had my own tv. There used to be a comedian that would make all these funny noises and sounds and it just busted me up. I always wanted to see the comedians. Wish I could remember his name. He'd make really goofy faces, too.