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The Drummerboy

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Close Your Eyes.......
4/24/2007 11:07:44 AM

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 light

  Red Rover....Red Rover.....

Playing kickball & dodge ball until the   third streetlight came on!

   Ring around the Rosie

   London Bridge

   Hot potato

   Hop Scotch

   Jump rope!!!  YOU'RE IT!!

Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or
whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell

    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)

     Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos


     Playing Dukes of Hazard

     Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar

     Christmas morning

     Your first day of school

     Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses

     Climbing trees

     Swinging 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


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, ultimate weapon.

Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector


*** If you can remember most or all of these, then you have TRULY LIVED MY FRIEND!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life......I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!

~ Drummerboy Keep on thinking positive…..thank God for everything that’s good in your life……..and make it a great week!

Re: Close Your Eyes.......
4/24/2007 12:08:24 PM
What a great trip down memory lane
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Re: Close Your Eyes.......
4/24/2007 12:16:43 PM


I have decided to become an annoying poster, because some people seem to get away with it using any drivel just to become a top user/poster so here we go!

I bet this post will get on yer nerves, get on yer nerves get get get on yer nerves!


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Re: Close Your Eyes.......
4/24/2007 6:43:19 PM
Hi Brian,

This is soooooooooo cool!

Thank you!  Thank you!

Hugs, Jill

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Re: Close Your Eyes.......
4/24/2007 8:27:57 PM

Thank you Brian, 

If I had closed my eyes, it would have been just like being there.  Such great memories.






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