I was raised in Greensboro NC. While I know I was lucky to have grown up here. I was raised 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, not a food group. We drank Kool-Aid made from water that came from our kitchen sink. We ate lunch meat sandwiches, or even tuna (which was in a can not a pouch), PBJ grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, pot pies, but mostly homemade meals consisting of mainly meat, potatoes, vegetable, bread butter, and homemade dessert.
We grew up during a time when we mowed lawns, pulled weeds, babysat, helped neighbors with chores to be able to earn our own money. We went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes, roller skate, run with siblings and friends played hide and seek, played in ditches, baseball, softball, even dodge ball. We drank tap water from the hose outside... bottled water was unheard of.
We watched TV shows like American Bandstand, Gilligan's Island, Happy Days, The Dukes of Hazzard, Andy Griffith, The Brady Bunch and I Love Lucy. After school, we came home and did homework and chores before going outside or having friends over. We would ride our bikes for hours. We had to tell our parents where we were going, who we were going with, what time we'd be back.
You LEARNED from your Mom instead of DISRESPECTING her and treating her as if she knew absolutely nothing. What she said was LAW!! And you had better know it!!!
You had to be close enough to home to hear your Mom yelling to tell you it’s time to come home for dinner. We ate around the dinner table and talked to each other as a family unit. In school we said the Pledge of Allegiance, we stood for the National Anthem listened to our teachers.
We watched what we said around our elders because we knew 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” and “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.
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