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Aug 13, 2019 08:55:59   #
sanchezs (a regular here)
I guess we all have our own memories and choose whether they were good or bad. Those words for me brought up a simpler time, a time when you didn’t have to worry about getting shot down at a mall, or church or school. A time when people seemed to be more content with simpler things and seemed to have a more community outlook. We weren’t so “me” driven and thought about how our actions affected other people not just ourselves. My memories are happy ones so thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Aug 13, 2019 08:56:04   #
sigridsmith (a regular here)
I grew up white in Maryland in the 50's. Whites only. No coloreds. N....r lover. My parents would not go into a store with a Whites Only sign or let us drink from a Whites Only drinking fountain. We took the school bus to the white school 5 miles away while the black neighbor kids had to walk two miles to the place where the freight train passed by, hopped on the flat bed cars and rode 20 miles to the county seat where there was a 'colored' school. I wonder why they all dropped out of school. Yeah, those were the good old days. Such great memories.
Aug 13, 2019 09:02:18   #
I remember all of these sayings and words. Proud to be a child of the “greatest generation.”
Aug 13, 2019 09:05:17   #
Patian (a regular here)
Back in the day when I was a legal secretary the lady whose desk was near mine wanted to take a week off so she asked me to take care of "her" attorney while she was gone. One day he called me to dictate a letter. I was doing okay until he got to "nit picking, picayunish, penny ante" - as soon as he finished the letter I had to run for my dictionary!
Aug 13, 2019 09:12:59   #
Thank you for the time you spent putting this together.
Aug 13, 2019 09:13:29   #
Thank you for the time you spent putting this together.
Aug 13, 2019 09:14:05   #
Ladyj960 (a regular here)
Aug 13, 2019 09:14:41   #
mathrox (a regular here)
BLinda .... pedal pushers, yes, and we wore them with Rib ticklers. Now they are crop tops. But capris were around in the 50s too ..... Mary Tyler Moore danced in them in the Dick van dyke show .... they were basically short leggings. Pedal pushers were not tight in the calf, they were straight and loose. Just short.
Aug 13, 2019 09:16:20   #
mathrox (a regular here)
I remember Cockamamies were the temporary tattoos you used to get in Cracker Jack boxes. Later came to mean nonsense or crazy (as in a 'cockamamie idea')
Aug 13, 2019 09:20:36   #
I still wear pedal pushers. I was born in England in 1943 but came to Canada at age 3. I guess we were fortunate in Canada. Not worried about Communism. No bomb shelters in our small city. No tv till I was 12. Nuns took me in the clothes closet and black strapped my hands. Draft dodgers and the "boat people" were common topic. I was very lucky to live in a safe place during my childhood. Ride my bike over a 2 miles to school and hitch hiked everywhere when we moved.
Aug 13, 2019 09:21:58   #
We lived about 80 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth. Our high school principal said not to worry about an atomic bomb hitting there. It would take only ___ seconds for us to be killed by the fallout. I don't remember the exact timing. I don't remember being overly upset by events in the 50's as they seemed far away.
I was preschool during WWII and remember having bad dreams of our corn crib (a building) being full of Japanese soldiers. That was a scary time, but I still have good memories of those years, too.
Aug 13, 2019 09:30:47   #
Enjoyed the read! 😀
Aug 13, 2019 09:33:36   #
Munchn (a regular here)
~~ great run down memory lane. Thnx.
Aug 13, 2019 09:51:16   #
The 50's were an innocent time -- what we didn't know couldn't harm us. For instance,sitting under a desk with our arms over our heads would protect us from a nuclear explosion. Predators roamed the streets then as now, but rapes and other attacks weren't publicized to spare the families. The polio vaccine was a God-send -- except my grade school was a guinea pig site and half the kids got polio to some degree or another. We were kids then and needed to be protected from the awful stuff that went on. We're adults now and need to face the dangers to protect our kids. And, no, it isn't fun. About the words -- I gave up trying to sort out slang. Just when I finally understood from my teenager (at the time) that 'bad' meant really good, it switched back. I wanted to drop through the floor when I found out "hooking up" meant something other than meeting someone. Back then, the world couldn't change fast enough. Now I wish I could apply the brakes occasionally.
Aug 13, 2019 09:51:17   #
"Do you think the rain will hurt the rhubarb"? Everytime our neighbor's son (a teenager) would holler to me
when I'd be playing in our yard. A lot of old words and phrases have long passed my 80 yrs. Good memories!
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