The other day a friend of mine and I were exchanging messages and he said one of the things he likes about the Hometown View is that I tend to be very nostalgic and talk about what some believe were better days.  As I’ve said before it’s not that they were better but simpler and thinking about that I have come up with a list of some of the things today’s generation will likely never enjoy, appreciate, understand or frankly have any idea what I’m talking about.

  • Ring around the Rosie.
  • Hot potato
  • Take one giant step, may I?
  • Cereal boxes with great prizes at the bottom.
  • Getting green stamps after filling up with gas.
  • Catching lightening bugs in a jar.
  • Climbing trees
  • Swinging as high as you can in those long swings trying to reach the sky.
  • Swanson TV dinners (especially the Fried Chicken)
  • Kool-Aid
  • Placing baseball cards in the spokes of your bike.
  • Eeny-meeny-miney-mo was used to make decisions.
  • The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
  • The ultimate weapon was a water balloon.
  • Your Mom was always home when you came home from school…if not you went to a neighbor’s house.
  • What really scared us was not drive by shootings, drugs or gangs but our parents.
  • Banana-flavored Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy
  • Hot summer nights with the windows open because there was no AC
  • Drinking water from the garden hose which tasted great
  • Listening to a baseball game on your AM radio

Of course there’s hundreds more but my time is up…for today that is.

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