We didn't have fast food - all the food was slow - and we ate at home. Mother cooked every day and when Dad got home after work and chores, we sat down at the kitchen table together and talked - there was no texting. If we didn't like the food that Mother had prepared and placed on our plate we were allowed to sit there until we did like it. We then finished all the food and licked the plate. Left-overs were saved and then ground up on a food grinder for Saturday night supper as hash - probably the most tasty meal of the week.
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country or had a credit card.
In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck - or maybe it was Sears & Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.
Parents never drove their children to soccer practice. This was mostly because no one had ever heard of soccer. There were no after school sports because children had to go home to do their chores.
Bicycles weighed about 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). If you lived on a farm you could ride the pony.
There were no televisions until the late 1950s - and then the screen usually showed what looked like snowflakes. Not everyone had televisions, so if they were lucky they would be invited to the neighbor who did own one, and they would all sit there "glued" to the screen hoping to see Elvis Presley perform on a Sunday night. The host, Ed Sullivan, would not allow the camera man to show more that the top half of Elvis because he wiggled provocatively as he sang. The TV was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God; it came back on the air at about 6 a.m.
I was 21 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had. Pizza was not delivered to homes, but milk was.
Yes, milk was delivered to your house if you lived in town. It was contained in glass bottles with cardboard stops that could be easily removed. If you lived on a farm you had to go and milk the cows then take it into the house and pour it into the Separator, which divided the cream from the milk. Then milk was stored in containers and placed in the refrigerator. The cream was placed in a cream can that was taken into town to the local grocery store where it was traded for groceries.
The only telephone we had in the house was in the kitchen. It was a wooden box attached to the wall with a receiver on a short cord, and a mouthpiece on the box. And there were only party lines. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure your neighbors weren't already using the line. Every household had their own ring. Ours was two long and three short - and you knew everyone's call. Many times neighbors would "rubber-neck" or listen in to other calls. When I was growing up my mother had a heart attack that kept her in bed for one year. I often had to call the doctor when she was going through a bad spell. The neighbor ladies usually all listened in when I called. One time I couldn't get through because there were so many rubber-neckers, so I had to ask them to please get off their phones so that I could get through to the doctor. Then I heard slam-slam-slam several times.
All newspapers were delivered in town by boys who had to get up at 6 a.m. in order to deliver the papers to the residents. The newspapers cost 7 cents and the boy got to keep 2 cents. In the country the newspapers were delivered by the rural postman along with the regular mail.
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