Thursday, February 14, 2013

The 50s

Were you a kid in the Fifties or earlier? Everybody makes fun of our childhood! Comedians joke, Grandkids snicker, Twenty-somethings shudder and say, "Eeeew!" But was our childhood really all that bad? Judge for yourself:

In 1953:

The US population was less than 150 million, yet you knew more people then, and knew them better... And that was good.

The average annual salary was under $3,000, yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day and still live a decent life... And that was good.

A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents and it was safe for a five year old to skate to the store and buy one... And that was good.

Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriett, and Lassie. So nobody had ever heard of ratings or filters... And that was good.

We didn't have air-conditioning, so the windows stayed up and half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike... And that was good.

Your teacher was either Miss Matthews or Mrs. Logan or Mr. Adkins, not Ms. Becky or Mr. Dan... And that was good.

The only hazardous material you knew about was a patch of grass-burrs around the light pole at the corner... And that was good.

Most families needed only one job, meaning Mom was home when school let out... And that was good.

You loved to climb into a fresh bed because sheets were dried on the clothesline... And that was good.

People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives, so "child care" meant grandparents or aunts and uncles... And that was good.

TV was in black-and-white, but all outdoors was in glorious color... And that was certainly good.

Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody's carburetor, and the Dad next door knew how to adjust all the TV knobs... And that was very good.

Your grandma grew snap beans in the back yard and chickens behind the garage... And that was definitely good.

And just when you were about to do something really bad, chances were you'd run into your Dad's high school coach, or the nosy old lady from up the street, or your little sister's piano teacher, or somebody from church. ALL of whom knew your parents' phone number and YOUR first name... AND THAT WAS GOOD!

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  1. Yup. I am a child of the 50's and it was really good! But my 50's are just about history. bugger!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Zane, honey. Big hugs xoxo

  2. I mainly remember the 60's and it was like that then too wonderful days I love watching the old shows on the satellite channels they always remind me of my childhood.

    Have a good memorytastic day Sandee heheh!

  3. I had a great childhood, born in 1953! We managed just fine without computers, and iPads, cell phones. Where's a time machine? I want to go back!

  4. I grew up in the 60's but it was much the same. It was even safe to go trick or treating in Dallas!

    Walter grew up in the 50's and said all of this is definitely the truth. Their chickens were all over the yard and his teachers, neighbors and their preacher were calling his mother all the time!

    He maintained a sore bottom throughout the decade!

    ♥ Happy Valentine's Day! ♥

  5. Things have changed so much, I was a late 60's kid.. Now nobody talks, it's all texting. No one seems to have time for family life anymore :( Have a wonderful Valentines xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  6. Oh yes, I remember the fities and the forties too. We had one of the very first TV's and it was like 6 inches by 6 inches. Those were the days.
    Happy Valentine's day to you and Zane Sandee. Take care.

  7. i remember all of that and more! have a lovely day honey!

    hugs, bee

  8. I had most of that nd it was indeed mostly good. And safe.

    Big hugs, honey...

  9. That was my childhood and that was good. If today's kids could experience that, this country would have a chance, and that would be good.

    Thanks Sandee.

  10. I was born in 1952 so all of this applies to my childhood. I think kids growing up today have it much rougher than we did. I knew nothing about drugs or guns back then, and many of today's TV shows would have been considered pornography back then.

  11. Yep, the 1950's were the best of times and America owes its greatness to that generation.

  12. ...not to mention that if there was a tree in a vacant lot (what's that?), you could have a tree house... a really great tree house and that was good, too.

  13. Born in 1946, virtually all of my childhood memories come from the 50's and my high school years were the early/mic-sixties. In many ways we grew up in America's "Golden Age". I wouldn't trade my childhood with any of today's kids.

  14. The good old golden days are similar to those prevail(ed) in India too.
    Child care by grandparents is still in vogue.
    Women in the family keep aside some money for the rainy days. Savings in a small way does exist in all families.
    Men are the bread winners while women take care of household chores and rearing-up children.

  15. I was born in '62, so I don't really remember all that. But a lot spilled over into the 60s. Call me an old soul, but I do prefer the simpler times.

  16. Nice post, Sandee!!! I could only identify with a few of these. I grew up on a farm and didn't have playmates except for my sister who was five years younger.

    In 1953? I was a college drop-out in January and began my third life with learning of another kind.

    I got a job at Elgin National Watch Company's factory in Lincoln, Nebraska. My starting pay was $1.05 per hour. I kept Dad's car (pickup truck) until he found out that I had dropped out, then he said I was old enough to have my own (even though I wasn't legal age of 21).

  17. Well I didn't come along until 1962 but it was pretty much the same then. Those were the good old days

  18. The 50s were a ways before my time but sounds like the good ole days for sure!

  19. That was all definitely good! I grew up in the fifties and it was very good in the UK too. I feel sorry for the kids of today, to be missing out on such wonderful, free times.

  20. I didn't get started until the 60s. Life was good then too. A bit like life here in New Zealand today.

  21. Those were the good old days Sandee! I was not around as yet but I used to watch 'I Love Lucy' and 'Lassie!':)

  22. TV KNOBS???? hahahah

  23. Give me Lassie any day!

  24. I was born in '71, but lived in a small town so a lot of this applied to my childhood as well. Hopefully, there are still a few pockets in the country like this.

  25. I was born in 1960 but life was good then too. A lot of these things still applied


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