Found this somewhere else.
Before the Internet…Before semi-automatics, joy riders and crack….Before SEGA or Super Nintendo… Way back……..I’m talking about Hide and Seek in the park.
The corner shop. Hopscotch. Butterscotch. Skipping. Handstands.
Football with an old can. Fingerbob.
Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the menace.
Topper, Beezer and Whizzer and Chips.
Roly Poly. Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.
The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Bazooka Joe bubble gum.
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a
Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps
Watching Saturday morning cartoons, short commercials or the flicks.
Children’s Film Foundation, The Double Deckers, Red Hand Gang,
Tomorrow People, Tiswas or Swapshop?, and ‘Why Don’t You’?
- or staying up for Doctor Who.
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like
Earwigs wasps, stinging nettles and bee stings. Sticky fingers.
Playing Marbles. Ball bearings. Big ‘uns and Little ‘uns.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro. Climbing trees.
Making igloos out of snow banks.
Walking to school, no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.
Spinning around on roundabouts, getting dizzy and falling down was
cause for giggles.
Being tired from playing….remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Knock-a-door run and mischief night.
Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Choppers and Grifters.
Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops. Vimto and Jubbly lollies
Conkers were fun and not a weapon of mass destruction
There were two types of trainers – girls and boys, and Dunlop Green
- and the only time you wore them at School was for P.E. (and they were
called gym shoes or if you are older – plimsolls)
You knew everyone in your street – and so did your parents.
It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘best’ friends.
You didn’t sleep a wink on Christmas eve.
When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
When a tanner was decent pocket money
Curly Wurlys. Space Dust. Toffo’s. Top Trumps.
When you’d reach into a muddy drain for a penny.
When nearly everyone’s mum was at home when the kids got there.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to
carry the shopping and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the head’s office for the cane was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving pupil at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of
drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc.
Parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat and some of us are
still afraid of them.
Didn’t that feel good? Just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
Decisions were made by going “Ip, Dip, Dog Shit”
“Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in Monopoly
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
And the worst thing in your day was having to sit next to one.
It was unbelievable that ‘British Bulldog 123′ wasn’t an Olympic event.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a catapult.
Nobody was prettier than Mum.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED………….Happy Days.