Thankful for My Very Simple Childhood.

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Thankful For My Very Simple Childhood

 

As part of Debbie Reynolds ’  10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge, she has asked us to share with you what we are grateful for.  Stop by and read some of the posts and if you feel like it, share with us what you are grateful for as well.

 

My formative years occurred in the 50s when there were just three delray beachtelevision channels and most of the food we ate was cooked at home.

My mornings began eating Frosted Flakes with regular  whole milk while I watched  Captain Kangaroo remind us to say “please” and “thank you” and Bunny Rabbit kept trying to steal all of the carrots.

We had one phone, two televisions and a huge bookshelf with real books to read.  On those shelves, we also had the Encyclopedia Britannica (Google long before it was Google.)

 

We played outside all day on Saturdays and came inside only for lunch and dinner.  And after helping with the dishes, we went back outside to play until we were called in.

 

When we had family dinners, everyone sat at the table and we talked.  (sometimes all at once)

On Sundays, we went to our beach property in a caravan of 4 to 6 cars and had hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and homemade chocolate cake and apple pie.

Life was simple.

I always had family around, my core family and an extended family of many aunts and uncles, who by the way, were addressed as Aunt and Uncle...never by their first name.

When we went to Sunday School and church, we dressed up.  

When I went to school, I wore a dress.

The semester I started college, I was wearing dresses to class.  This was in the fall of 1967 and by mid-semester, my outfit was now jeans, desert boots, a poncho and long straight hair.  

There were protests at campuses throughout the United States, and now my life, my life as I had known it, was in for a change.

The simple life had become a thing of the past.

Oh yes, I am very thankful for my simple childhood.

 
 

 

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Kathy Streib
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Oh how funny Hannah Williams Remember when they added the UHF or VHF channels.  I forget what they were called. 

Brian England I'm with you there.  I've told Larry that the day I don't enjoy Disneyworld, just shoot me. 

Nov 17, 2016 12:17 AM #14
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar Oh yes, the afternoon movie and all of the local children's shows.  I loved Saturday mornings with the westerns. 

Bill Roberts We grew up at the same time.  I find it amazing that things changed so quickly. 

 

Nov 17, 2016 12:20 AM #15
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Kathy,  You just described my childhood as well. Life was simple. And it seemed easier as well. Frosted Flakes with whole milk ... maybe even some banana in it. I treasure my childhood days. 

Nov 17, 2016 12:24 AM #16
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It is funny to think back and remember the old days.  We played outside and didn't sit in front of video games or computers.  I remember when we got our first color tv and thought life was grand.  Thanks for sharing your memories.

Nov 17, 2016 02:47 AM #17
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Both my wife and I were raised in a similar fashion, Kathy Streib.   Wally and the Beaver had nothing on us!  But as you point out, the 60's was a time for drastic change.  Some good, some bad.  I think the trick is in keeping what was of real value from that time ... and incorporating the good from today into it.  Not always an easy task ... or a comfortable fit ...

Gene 

Nov 17, 2016 02:57 AM #18
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Hi Kathy - Thanks for the trip down memory lane - I had a few more years of the simple times than you did, and I was right there when everything started changing.

Nov 17, 2016 03:04 AM #19
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Kathy, Oh so am I...thankful for my simple childhood and my 11 siblings.  I wish kids today could enjoy the outdoors as much as I did as a child.

Nov 17, 2016 04:46 AM #20
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Thanks for sharing some of your fond memories. I can relate to many of them.

I finished high school in 1955. One TV and one phone were all that we needed. I wore the standard coat and tie every day in college and during law school.

Nov 17, 2016 05:18 AM #21
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Kathy I remember Captain Kangaroo!!  I can still hear that music and his keys!!  I was in high school in the 60's but I do remember all the big changes that happened via my older sibblings.  Lots of weird stuff going on all around the country.  And yes - life was much simpler back the and we too called our Aunts and Uncles by that - not their names.  I still do to this day and some of my neices and nephews do as well. I like that!  It is special :)

Nov 17, 2016 05:42 AM #22
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Vivid writing, Kathy, a synopsis of the time when life (and TV) was "black & white." I loved Captain Kangaroo, especially the sounds of the crafit items - scissors and tape - when they made projects. Funny, the things we remember.

Nov 17, 2016 09:23 AM #23
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Kathy

If the kids today had the lifestyle you had growing  . . . . they would enjoy a better quality of life.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 17, 2016 10:57 AM #24
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Yours and my childhood had many similarities. Playing outside until dark was one of the best parts. Nowadays, kids don't being outside like we did.

Nov 17, 2016 11:24 AM #25
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I remember when life was simple.. and yes fun and enjoyable and peaceful too!

Nov 17, 2016 11:45 AM #26
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Kathleen Daniels I forgot the banana.  That would still be a favorite breakfast of mine.

Belinda Spillman I don't even think that kids need tvs anymore...they stream everything on their tablets.

 

 

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I think you're right Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi   I try to keep some of the innocense from my childhood and mix it with the world of today. 

Dick Greenberg My poor mother would just shake her head when she saw what I was wearing.  Think Joan Baez. 

Nov 17, 2016 12:01 PM #28
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Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor® you were so lucky to have so many siblings.  Life was simple then. 

Roy Kelley I'd bet you were pretty dapper back in law school.

Anna Banana Kruchten my younger second cousins call me Aunt, and I like that. 

Nov 17, 2016 12:03 PM #29
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oh Kathryn Acciari I'd forgotten all about that but yes, I can see and hear the Captain cutting with his scissors. 

Lou Ludwig I'd like to think they would.  But you have to go with the flow and accept changes.

Nov 17, 2016 12:06 PM #30
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Debbie Reynolds remember when you'd see all of the neighborhood kids outside on Christmas day playing with their new toys!

Mark Loewenberg I think we appreciated things more as well. 

Nov 17, 2016 12:07 PM #31
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I have often been thankful for the sheltered life I've led. As a child I could play outside all day and no one worried. When I was only 6 or 7, Mom would give me some money and a list and send me the 6 blocks to a corner grocery - and no one worried. 

When we were in the city we had television - 2 or 3 channels. When we came "home" to the ranch on week-ends, there was no TV for many years. Then finally, one fuzzy channel. We didn't worry - there were too many other things to occupy our time. 

I went to college at the University of Idaho, and until my last year, 1969, we wore skirts to class except when the temperature dropped far below freezing. That last year was also the first time that "long-hairs" appeared on campus with their tables and their literature - and we all made a wide path around them. 

Somehow, living in a small North Idaho town, we missed the upheaval and the demonstrations of the 60's. Since we didn't watch TV much, we weren't even aware of it. 

Thank God. 

 

Nov 18, 2016 04:00 AM #32
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Such wonderful memories....I share very similar ones. I remember how exciting it was to get a new dress, shoes, hat and little purse every year for Easter. We  didn't have a beach property, but I have fond memories of days at the beach with my family.

We visited my great grandparents every weekend. After they passed away we took little road trips on weekends, to either the amusement park or the zoo with my grandmother and aunt always joining us.

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