Saturday, 7 November 2009

Cheered up

The following is something a friend sent me a long time ago, and when I feel really low I go and read it and it makes me smile, sorry for being grumpy the past few days.  Sometimes I get like that for no reason.  but I cant be perky and hyper all the time because that would be just silly.  Anyway....


I am aware that some of you might not be old enough to recall some of these - while some of you would do.
Just for a minute
Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read this...............

Close your eyes and go back in time...

Before the Internet...
Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....

Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...

Way back.......

I'm talking about Hide and Seek in the park.

The corner shop. Hopscotch.




Football with an old can.


Knock down ginger
Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the Menace.

Action Man
Roly Poly.

Hula Hoops, jumping the stream, building dams.

The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.

Bazooka Joe bubble gum. Refreshers. Fruit Salads. Sherbet Dib Dabs.

An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune.

Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps screwball.


Watching Saturday morning cartoons, short commercials or the flicks.

Children's Film Foundation, The Double Deckers, Red Hand Gang, Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub.

Tomorrow People, Tiswas or Swapshop?, and 'Why Don't You'? - or staying up for Doctor Who. Space 1999 ?? Catweazel, Belle & Sebastian, Robinson Crusoe

The Test Card. The Banana Splits. Captain Pugwash.

Bill & Ben ? The Magic Roundabout. John Noakes. And Shep.

When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere.

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.

Walking to school, no matter what the weather.

Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

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.

Choppers and Grifters.

Eating raw jelly. Orange squash ice pops. Vimto and Jubbly lollies

Remember when...

There were two types of trainers - girls and boys, and Dunlop Green Flash

The only time you wore them at School was for P.E.

And they were called gym shoes or if you are older - plimsoles

You knew everyone in your street - and so did your parents.

When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
When 25p was decent pocket money

Curly Whirlys. Space Dust. Toffo's.

Top Trumps. Conkers in the playground.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter 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 groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When being sent to the head's office 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!

Remember when....

"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 protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED.


Remembering some of these things really makes me smile.  I always feel happier after reading this