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Growing Up In New Orleans

Do You Remember These?

Remember this stuff?

Hide and seek at dusk
The Good Humor man
Red light, green light
The corner store
Mother, May I ?
Red Rover
Roly Poly
Hula Hoops
Running through the sprinkler
The smell of the sun and licking salty lips
Wax lips and mustaches
An ice cream cone on a warm summer night...chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan
A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store

Watching Saturday Morning cartoons with short commercials
Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs, or staying up for Gunsmoke
Or back further, listening to Superman on the radio
When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
A million mosquito bites
Sticky fingers
Cops and Robbers
Cowboys and Indians
Climbing trees
Building igloos out of snow banks
Walking to school, no matter what the weather
Running till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt

Jumping on the bed
Pillow fights
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles
Being tired from playing.... Remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team
War was a card game
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle
Eating Kool-aid powder

Only two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers) and the only time you wore them at school, was for "gym"
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends
When nobody owned a purebred dog
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a miracle
When milk went up one cent and everyone talked about it for weeks
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air
And, you got trading stamps to boot! (Green Stamps?)

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one
When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed.....and did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home

When decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly"
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties
It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin
Ice cream was considered a basic food group
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors

Candy cigarettes

Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.

Coffee shops with table side juke boxes

Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum (someone forgot Beemans)

Home milk delivery in glass bottles, with Cardboard stoppers.

Party lines.

Newsreels before the movie.

P. F. Flyers

Butch wax

Telephone numbers with a word prefix ...(Bywater-5505)

Pea shooters.

Howdy Doody

45 RPM Records

Green Stamps


Metal ice cube trays--with levers

Mimeograph paper

Blue flash Bulbs

Beanie and Cecil

Roller skate keys

Cork pop guns

Drive Ins


Wash tub wringers

The Fuller Brush man

Reel-to-reel tape recorders

Tinker toys

The Erector Set

The Fort Apache Play Set

Lincoln Logs

15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards...with that awful pink slab of bubble gum

Penny candy

23 cent-a-gallon gasoline