When I was a kid, we played in forts, we were outside for hours at a time, playing baseball, running, walking to the bay- I lived in the Hamptons, L.I… Maybe it is childhood that I long for, however, I don’t think so. When you see the things I remember, you will also remember…
Sunday Mornings. Remember all of the kids getting dressed for church on Sunday Morning? I sure do, and secretly VERY envious. I went to a church a handful of times as a kid, and was only allowed to go if it was my best friend Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s. The kids all dressed up, everything was closed on Sunday, and if it was not closed, it would close at 1 PM sharp. I loved the fact that people went to church.
Easter Sundays. I loved watching all of the little girls in new bonnets, in pinks, pastels, yellow, etc. We didnt have anything on Easter Sundays in my home, just a big dinner, or we went out to eat, because we were very involved with our communites and friends. So, at least when we got to go out, I got to dress cute 😉 I loved hearing the church bells chime on Easter Morning.
I miss the Soda Fountains in town. We had one called the “Tuck Shop”, I always had a butter pecan cone, sugar cone. I remember this one am, we were with my Mom and we were having a 25 cent Hot fudge Sundae. Yummy. You all remember the Woolworths? Remember they had the Soda fountains, and you could get a hot dog for 50 cents? Sitting at the coffee bar? Fun….
The Ol chicken on Sunday night and Fish on friday night. Classic.. Always trying to find a way to make the chicken taste better. I remember when Shake-n-Bake came out, oooo, Yummy! There were NO chicken Mc Nuggets back then, you had to use your cooking imagination.
I LOVED Christmas around the block, lights everywhere! Gorgeous. My Nana couldn’t care less if we were a bunch of Jews, we always had a great tree. We celebrated just about every single holiday- it just didn’t have the same meaning, probably as the other kids, BUT, we had Christmas nonetheless! People seemed to be more into the spirit of the holiday, it was an American thing. It was not about who had the biggest ‘toy’, it was about sharing, singing, etc..
JULY 4. July 4 on Long Island was MAGNIFICENT. It was not just a light show, and noise as it is now, it was plain old patriotism. Kids dressed in red, white and blue. People weeping out of love of country. Crying when we heard the National Anthem. It was not about “BBQ” It was about REMEMBRANCE of a great nation, and the price our ancestors paid for it. YES, we waved the flag, YES we had parades that were awesome, YES it was great. Southhampton had an exceptional parade when I was a young gal.
Remember getting that new car in your family? It was exciting watching the adults picking out the best car they could find. We had so many cars, but only one at a time. We had a 57 Thunderbird, Novas- remember the Nova? HA! How bout the Etsel? In 1974, My Nana had gotten a Granada. We all pretended it was a Mercedes Benz
The DIME STORE. I LOVED the Five And Dime! All kinds of cheap little toys. You could get really cheap jax, Cracker Jacks, candy, etc. The only Dime store they have now is that crappy Dollar Store, which is NOTHING like the Dime Stores of the old days.
Well, jot YOUR memories, I have too many to count!
KEEP YOUR CHANGE- GIVE ME BACK MY AMERICA.