I grew up in Hickory Flat Ga. and Canton GA.in the late 50’s , I was raised by middle to low income parents during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn’t eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, and we couldn’t afford it. We drank Kool-Aid and lemonade made from water that came from our kitchen sink with real sugar. We ate beans & rice, beans & chicken from our chickens we raised,, bacon from our pigs we killed every Thanksgiving, eggs from our laying hens, beans & potatoes, beef from our own raised cows, which we raised a calf one time cause it’s mother died giving birth and when it got older my dad said he had to sell it to put food on the table, because this baby had become our pet , but we found our later the food we where eating was our pet. Raising our own animals was the only way we could afford meat like that. We had a large garden and an ole mule who plowed the garden and we canned or froze everything we planted so we did have plenty food I never remember going hungry. But I sure liked getting some sweets when mom and dad could afford it like at Christmas time, we got a lot of fresh fruit and candy and only one present each when we where small and clothes as we got older for school.
When mommy bought groceries they gave you stamps that you put in a book and when you had a few of them full you could buy things , that is how I got my first bible. On Thursday nights was our treat night daddy always brought home moon pies, coke, and mommy made hats out of the newspaper for us to put popcorn in. All kids where at home for that and we watch movies like John Wayne , Lucy , wizard of Oz what ever we agreed on for that night , we laughed told jokes. With some of the money I worked for at 13 after my 2 sisters got married I bought Walkie talkie￼s so my brothers and I could tell jokes we heard at school that day. I keep one and boys all slept in same room so they had one but my dad would still hear us and would say go to sleep kids I have to work tomorrow, but I could here him laughing at some of the jokes.
We grew up during a time when we delivered papers, sold empty coke bottles, mowed lawns, pulled weeds, babysat, helped neighbors , worked in a chicken plant , to be able to earn our own money, we didn’t get money for doing chores as my daddy said our food was our pay. We went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes & horses, tag, kick the can, dodge ball, basketball in our old barn, baseball with my siblings , walked to our well down the Creek in the summer time to stay cool, running with brothers, sisters, families and friends , also played spin the bottle with friends & played hide and seek.
We drank tap water from the water hose outside… and took a bath in a wash tub outside . Mommy carried hot water from stove to put in wash tub in winter time. Bottled water was unheard of. If we had a coke -it was in a glass bottle … and we took the empties back to the store for a penny or 2 cent deposit.
We watched TV shows like Bonanza, Leave It To Beaver, Gilligan’s Island, Happy Days, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Little House On The Prairie, and I Love Lucy. After school, we came home and did homework and chores before going outside or having friends over. We had to ask and let our parents know where we were going, who we were going with, and what time we’d be back and always before dark.
You LEARNED from your parents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew absolutely nothing. What they said was LAW and you did not question it, and you had better know it!!!
When the sun was starting to set you had better be home. In school we said the Pledge of Allegiance, we stood for the National Anthem , said the Lord’s Prayer before lunch and listened to our teachers.
We watched what we said around our elders because we knew that if we DISRESPECTED any grown-up we would get our behinds whipped, it wasn’t called abuse, it was called discipline! We held doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat for an older person without being asked. You didn’t hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth and had to stand in the corner. “Please, Thank you, yes please no thank you were part of our daily vocabulary!
You grew up to respect the Nation, the flag, and the President, NO MATTER who it was or what party they were from.
Wasn’t it amazing how much we got done with our phones, and before cell phones and internet there wasn’t as much killing, child porn, or kids disrespectful to their parents on FB. But it has helped in our business, I thank God my mom and dad for bringing me up the way they did because it made me appreciate more , what I have now. God Bless you wonderful people.
Re-post if you’re thankful for your childhood and will never forget where you came from & the time you came from! Wouldn’t it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? I really liked that life!!!!!!!!!🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️