Recently I’ve contemplated simpler times. I must be getting old or something …or just need to
de-stress. At any rate, that line of thinking brought me back to my childhood; so here we go:
30 Memories of 1978:
- My best friend was Kim and we shared every minute together that we weren’t in school. We played kickball, softball, hide-and-seek, Barbies, paper dolls, caught lightning bugs, played Monopoly and Pay Day ’til the cows came home and watched Dukes of Hazard every Friday night.
- You had to get up and turn the t.v. dial to change the channel or control the volume!
- We had no microwave and wouldn’t for eight more years!
- We went to church every Sunday.
- Back then, we really got snow! How thrilling it was to go sledding down a huge hill in the power lines that ran behind our houses! Of course, it was a long way to trudge back up the hill … to do it all over again … but so worth it! 🙂
- I was in 3rd grade and it was my last year at a public school. Little did I know how difficult the next school year would be when I would be immersed in a rigorous educational program at a private school!
- My 83 year old grandmother made us pancakes every morning before we headed down the hill to catch the school bus. She also nudged us awake each day with her cane. I always wanted more sleep! 🙂
- I remember thinking how neat it was that President Jimmy Carter had a little girl, Amy, living in the White House.
- We rarely got new clothes outside of beginning a new school year at our private school or Christmas. We didn’t expect anything otherwise.
- Hand-me-downs and used toys were very common.
- I loved family trips to the beach when we visited extended family in the summer.
- My younger sister and I were always outdoors!
- Even back then, I loved to write letters. (and receive them!)
- Mrs. Jones was my 3rd grade teacher and I loved her.
- School papers were mimeographed. I still remember that blue ink & the smell.
- I had a lot of friends at school.
- I was a Chatty Cathy!
- I deeply admired my neighbor’s vibrant, red tulips each spring!
- We had a huge, wood paneled station wagon. It was a boat!
- If you wanted to speak to family out of state, you better make it brief. Long distance was expensive!
- When the phone rang, it was seldom for a child. Phone calls were more for grown ups or teenagers.
- Phones had this crazy cord attached. Most phones were black.
- No one I knew had a computer. I don’t think I knew what one was.
- You didn’t talk back to grown ups. Most had respect for their elders.
- We weren’t allowed to chew gum in school.
- We had to do our homework before we went out to play.
- I hated spinach, brussel sprouts & stuffed peppers. (still do!)
- I helped with household chores, including laundry and cooking.
- Greatly admired my older sister, who wore clogs & vests.
- We just knew our future would be very bright!
….. I hope you enjoyed this little snippet of my world way back when! What are your fondest memories of simpler times?