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Someone  asked the other day, ‘What was your favourite  ‘fast food’ when you were growing up?’‘We  didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I  told him.
‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously.. Where did you  eat?’

‘It  was a place called ‘home,” I said.
‘Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table,

And if I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.’

By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

And here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I’d  figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans,  set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school… I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed  (slow).

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 10.
It was, of course, black and white,  and the station went off the air at 10 PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it  came back on the air at about 6 am. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local  people…

Pizzas were not delivered to our home… But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers –My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a  week.  He had to get up at 6 every morning.

Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least,  they did in the films. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly  produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything offensive.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?

AND SOME MEMORIES  from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she  died recently) and he brought me an old lemonade bottle.
In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.
She thought  they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons.  Man, I am old.

How  many do you remember?
Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1.  Cigarette-shaped lollies
2.  Coffee shops with juke  boxes
3.  Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4.  Party lines  on  the telephone
5.  Newsreels before the movie
6.  TV test patterns that came on at night after the  last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.
(There were only 2  channels  [if you were fortunate])
7.  Peashooters
8.  33 rpm  records
9.  45 RPM records
10.  Hi-fi’s
11.  Metal ice trays with  levers
12.  Blue flashbulb
13.  Cork popguns
14.  Wash  tub wringers

If  you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young If  you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older If  you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age If  you remembered 11-14 = You’re positively  ancient!

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