Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.
When Kool-Aid and Ovaltine were the only drinks for kids other than milk.
When there were two brands of boys' sneakers.
When boys wore only leather shoes to school.
When nobody but farmers and cowboys ever wore jeans.
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up and there was nothing but a test pattern on late at night.
When all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table.
When nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got there.
When nobody owned a purebred dog.
When a dime was a decent allowance, and a quarter a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When Cokes came in bottles and cost a nickel and you had to yank them up, dripping wet, out of the lock track of a big cooler at the gas station.
When girls didn't date, wear lipstick, or kiss until late
high school, if
then. And they never smoked or drank liquor until college, if then.
When all your teachers wore either neckties or dresses and oxfords and the women teachers had their hair done, every day.
When you went to the gas station and got your windshield cleaned, oil and water checked, and gas pumped without asking, for free, every time, and you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes, or towels hidden inside box.
When no family in your town had more than one phone, car, or TV set.
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 it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents-and you had to dress up, too.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed - and did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
If you remember these times, then you're not only old, but better off for the experience!
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