Remember when …


Truisms from our childhoods.

Submitted by John Crichton
  1. My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).
  2. Pizzas were not delivered to our home … but milk was and so was bread.
  3. I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.
  4. Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table. If I didn’t like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.
  5. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. To do this, I had to get up at 5am every morning.
  6. Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
Submitted by Maree Papworth
  1. It took five minutes for the TV to warm up.
  2. All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels.
  3. You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time.
  4. Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
  5. People went steady.
  6. The Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko.
Submitted by Terry Hearity
  1. All potato crisps were plain; the only choice we had was whether to put the salt on or not.
  2. A big mac was what we wore when it was raining.
  3. ‘Kebab’ was not even a word, never mind a food.
  4. Multiplication was called ‘times tables’.
  5. Paper bags were being blamed for the destruction of trees – and plastic bags were the solution!
Submitted by others
  1. Lita Lee (who wrote it herself): You went to the grocer’s shop, not a supermarket. The grocer, wearing an apron, stood behind the counter and you watched as he made up your order. He packed biscuits into paper bags, cut butter and cheese to the size that you wanted and wrapped it in special paper, measured out flour or sugar into paper bags, etc. Then the grocer would put your items into a big cardboard box and deliver it to your kitchen bench not long after you got home with your mum!
  2. Lita Lee (who wrote it herself): And you could buy a paper bag of broken biscuits for a very reduced price.
  3. Sue Bailey (who wrote it herself): There were only four types of shampoo – Sunsilk, for normal hair, Richard Hudnut egg-creme shampoo for dry hair, Wella for oily hair and Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.
  4. Sue Bailey (who wrote it herself): Chinese food came in your own saucepans.
  5. Thomas Friedman via Dianne Baird: When we were growing up, ‘later’ meant that you could paint the same landscape, see the same animals, climb the same trees, fish the same rivers, visit the same Antarctica, enjoy the same weather or rescue the same endangered species that you did when you were a kid — but just later, whenever you got around to it. Not anymore. Later is now when you won’t be able to do any of them ever again. So whatever you’re planning to save, please save it now. Because later is when they’ll be gone. Later will be too late.