Friday, May 13, 2011

Remembering When

Good Afternoon Girls!  I was working on this post yesterday afternoon when all of a sudden Blogger just vanished.  And, they vanished until around noon today.  What an aggravation, but surely they had a really good excuse to close it down.  Surely they know that we blogging women have got to blog! ~smile~
But, on to the subject at hand.  I don’t know if it’s age or what, but I have done a lot of remembering lately.  Looking back at how different things are today than they were when I was a little girl.  I thought you might enjoy sharing in some of my “remembering.”  And, I’m quite sure it will evoke a laugh or two for some of you.
I remember when.....

our family had a 4 party line telephone.  That meant we shared the same line with 3 other families and we had a particular ring to our phone to let us know it was for us.  You could pick up the phone at most anytime and there would be someone on your party line talking.  You had to wait until they were finished with their conversation before you could make a phone call.  WOW! Those were the days.  I don’t even remember having a phone in our house until I was about 7 or 8 years old.  Can you even imagine that today?

I paid 3 cents for a carton of milk to go with my school lunch and it was in a glass bottle.

I had one pair of shoes for both daily wear and Sunday wear and I don’t ever remember  thinking that was anything but normal.

my brother and I took a white sheet, pulled it across some fallen tree limbs and made us a fort and spent many happy hours playing in it.

when church revivals would go for no less than a week and often 10 days and no one complained.

when Vacation Bible School lasted two weeks and no one complained about that either and it was the hi-lite of our summer.

getting our first TV set and being so excited I could hardly stand it because I could now watch the Lawrence Welk Show at home instead of at my Grandma's house every Saturday night. ~smile~

never having a store bought dress until I was almost grown.  My mother made pretty much everything I wore and I loved everything she made me.

babysitting 4 children for 6 hours and making .50 an hour and when they paid me my $3, I was excited. 

cleaning our neighbors house and doing their ironing during the summer to make some spending money.   My parents could not afford anything extra, they were doing good just to put food on our table.

looking forward to friends bringing “hand me down” clothes for my Mom to go through and me hoping that some of them were for me.

I could go on and on but I’ll stop for now and perhaps share some more in a later post.  I wonder what my son and daughter will remember when they are almost 60 years old.  I can assure you it would be quite a different list from mine.  They’ve never been without, and they always had more than their share.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, it’s just very different.  And, I can assure you that my parents “remembering” is quite different from mine.  And, so the story goes……….

Lea @ CiCis Corner
Lea @ CiCis Corner

Hi there! My name is Lea. I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!


  1. What a neat idea. I'll have to steal ... I mean borrow that some day!

    I have missed being able to keep up to date with the blogs I follow ... I'm so glad to see that blogger is back up, although I wonder what in the world happened to my Thankful Thursday post?? Others are reporting that their Thursday posts are missing, too. Whew! At first I thought it was just me. ha!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I enjoyed your Remember grandmother had a party line...I can remember picking up the phone and someone talking...she answered hers according to the number of rings if I recall correctly...has been a long time..
    I remember when coke was three cents...then went to five...then six...then seven...when it hit 10 cents if was never the same..just kept going up from there...
    Gasoline was 27cents a gallon..when it went to 29 we just about had a fit...Dwight and I had just married...oh my
    Enjoyed thinking back when with you today..have a good weekend...:)

  3. I often wonder how the kids today will look back at their years of growing up. So different then ours.

  4. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Made me reminisce about the days when,

    the Milk Man use to deliver milk to our house

    We would buy soda at the Local Pop shop and take the empty bottles back for more soda

    When I use to be able to play outside in the dark, down the street and no one worried

    Loved reading your list!

  5. What is wrong with blogger?!? I just posted a whole long comment here and it disappeared!

    Well, I'll try to come back and comment again later. Time for bed. I enjoyed reading your memories.

  6. And that $3 from babysitting would go a long way. I remember 3 cent milk at school, but it was in a carton. We got to bring something from home to eat for "milk break".

    I remember getting our first TV, too. We never had a party line, but did have only one phone--it was on the wall in the hallway and had a really long cord. Thanks for a great post!

  7. I enjoyed your remember when! I do remember getting paid .75hr for babysitting,and wishing they paid like my friends family...a whole dollar an hr! :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. What a great post! I've wondered if the memories would be as simple for our kiddos. I may have to borrow the idea. Have a great week :)

  9. Oh how I enjoyed your memories! I could identify with many of them. I always looked forward to spending two weeks each summer at my grandparent's house so they could take us kids to Vacation Bible School. I loved it! My mom made all of my clothes too. I remember the party lines but we did have a private line. I remember when the milkman delivered milk in bottles.

    Hmm ...since I'm sick at home maybe I need to write a post and link up?

    Blessings and love,

  10. Thanks for sharing...I really enjoyed that! I love to sit and talk with my Grandmother about "the good ol' days." She came to America from Holland when she was 6 with just a few belongings.

    I've continued to slim down our own belongings for our big move next month. Hard to believe there are only five weeks left in this house.

    Have a wonderful upcoming week. :)

  11. Wonderful post. I think it is interesting and important to be able to look back and see how things were. Have a great week!


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