Growing up in the ’50s and ’60s allowed us to experience a different world than our children and grand children get to. We were privy to a special time in life, a carefree time of playing in the mud and not having to worry about anything besides penny candy and winning the next game of jacks. Yes, being a child during The Good Old Days was quite different than it is today. Thinking back on our childhood memories, we realized how much different it is for parents these days. When we were young, we had much more freedom, and we made the most of it! Here are some of the things we remember our parents let us do as kids… what else do you remember?
1) Letting Your Kids Play in the Streets Until Dark
Like many of you probably do, we have fond memories of playing with the neighborhood kids in the streets. Whether it was baseball (or stickball), hopscotch, or marbles, we always had a blast; and the only thing we had to worry about was getting home before the streetlights came on!
2) Sending Your Kids to the Store with a Note
Oh, the power a note from your parents used to have! We definitely remember being sent to the corner store on a few occasions to pick up special groceries for our parents. Everything from bread to milk, and sometimes, even cigarettes! The best part was when you’d get a nickel to pick out some candy for yourself.
3) Giving Kids The Garden Hose Unattended
With all of the concerns about water quality, you would be hard-pressed to find kids these days drinking water straight from the hose. Growing up, we drank from the hose all the time! We didn’t care about bottled water (and if you ask us, that hose water tasted fresher than anything else). When we weren’t quenching our thirst, we were busy running through the sprinklers or filling up water balloons.
4) Correcting Other Peoples’ Children
While this is a much more sensitive topic, one thing we vividly remember is, if you didn’t have manners, you would be reprimanded! Growing up we were taught that having manners and respect for your elders was the most important thing. And while getting yelled at was never enjoyable, we like to think it made us into the people we are today.