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Sara Arell

Down Memory Lane For Some Of Us!

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HEY,WASN'T THIS 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.

 

 

In the kitchen on the wall

We only had one phone,

And no need for recording things,

Someone was always home.

 

 

We only had a living room

Where we would congregate,

Unless it was at mealtime

In the kitchen where we ate.

 

 

We had no need for family rooms

Or extra rooms to dine.

When meeting as a family

Those two rooms would work out fine.

 

 

We only had one TV set

And channels maybe two,

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.

 

 

Weekends were for family trips

Or staying home to play.

We all did things together --

Even go to church to pray.

 

 

When we did our weekend trips

Depending on the weather,

No one stayed at home because

We liked to be together.

 

 

Sometimes we would separate

To do things on our own,

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.

 

 

Get a baseball game together

With all the friends you know,

Have real action playing ball --

And no game video.

 

 

Remember when the doctor

Used to be the family friend,

And didn't need insurance

Or a lawyer to defend?

 

 

The way that he took care of you

Or what he had to do,

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,

And remember when the cashier person

Had to really count?

 

 

The milkman used to go

From door to door,

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."

 

 

There was a time when just one glance

Was all that it would take,

And you would know the kind of car,

The model and the make.

 

 

They didn't look like turtles

trying to squeeze out every mile;

they were streamlined, white walls, fins

and really had some style.

 

 

 

One time the music that you played

Whenever you would jive,

was from a vinyl, big-holed record

called a forty-five.

 

 

The record player had a post

to keep them all in line

and then the records would drop down

and play one at a time.

 

 

Oh sure, we had our problems then,

just like we do today

And always we were striving,

trying for a better way.

 

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 do 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 memory lane.

With all today's technology we grant that it's a plus!But it's fun to look way back and say,

Hey Look,guys, THAT WAS US!

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Loved the trip down memory lane, Sara. I remember those 'good ole days' fondly and wish for the simpler days gone by.

 

I remember going out for a Sunday drive and we never went above 20 mph. There was no one behind you honking for you to move faster. There were no fast lanes. Only one lane. There were no 'highways', no 'freeways', just side streets and 'byways' that went on for miles. Where you could actually pull off the side of the road and just look at nature surrounding you.

 

I loved this song then and I still love it.

 

 

Once upon a time there was a tavern

Where we used to raise a glass or two

Remember how we laughed away the hours

And think of all the great things we would do

 

Chorus:

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

For we were young and sure to have our way

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Then the busy years went rushing by us

We lost our starry notions on the way

If by chance I'd see you in the tavern

We'd smile at one another and we'd say

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Just tonight I stood before the tavern

Nothing seemed the way it used to be

In the glass I saw a strange reflection

Was that lonely woman really me?

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Through the door there came familiar laughter

I saw your face and heard you call my name

Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser

For in our hearts the dreams are still the same...

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

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Love both posts Sara and Carol. Ah takes you back. Kay

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I remember much the same, from when I was a kid. Somedays I wish things were far simpler again.

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I was 10 when my Granny got her first telephone. Now ever the grands all have their own cellphones. I did love the 'good old days' and wish we could have them back but just with cellphones, IPads, and PC's. disappearing-smilie.gif

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Loved the trip down memory lane, Sara. I remember those 'good ole days' fondly and wish for the simpler days gone by.

 

I remember going out for a Sunday drive and we never went above 20 mph. There was no one behind you honking for you to move faster. There were no fast lanes. Only one lane. There were no 'highways', no 'freeways', just side streets and 'byways' that went on for miles. Where you could actually pull off the side of the road and just look at nature surrounding you.

 

I loved this song then and I still love it.

 

 

Once upon a time there was a tavern

Where we used to raise a glass or two

Remember how we laughed away the hours

And think of all the great things we would do

 

Chorus:

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

For we were young and sure to have our way

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Then the busy years went rushing by us

We lost our starry notions on the way

If by chance I'd see you in the tavern

We'd smile at one another and we'd say

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Just tonight I stood before the tavern

Nothing seemed the way it used to be

In the glass I saw a strange reflection

Was that lonely woman really me?

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

Through the door there came familiar laughter

I saw your face and heard you call my name

Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser

For in our hearts the dreams are still the same...

 

Those were the days, my friend

We thought they'd never end

We'd sing and dance forever and a day

We'd live the life we choose

We'd fight and never lose

Those were the days

Oh, yes, those were the days

La la la la la la

La la la la la la

 

 

Oh, I love that song too, Carol - now I'm going to be singing it all day!

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Thanks Sara and Carol

 

We never had a TV until I was 5 years old. My parents never had a phone until I was in my late teens.

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I loved this, Sara, and that song will be in my head all day too, Carol. And I have to add that I was in high school when my parents got their first TV. And did this mention party lines? If so I missed it somehow. I remember those.

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I loved this, Sara, and that song will be in my head all day too, Carol. And I have to add that I was in high school when my parents got their first TV. And did this mention party lines? If so I missed it somehow. I remember those.

 

 

I don't think that the poem said anything about party lines, but I do remember them too - vaguely but I do remember picking up our phone at home and someone would be already on there having a two way conversation with someone. I was little then so my sister and I would always sit and listen to their conversation with our hand over the phone so they couldn't hear us - silly kids!

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Some I could relate to, and some not, but it was a cute reminder of the past. Thanks for sharing!

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