Wee Hours Sunday Morning..Flowing Memories  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
2665 posts
8/27/2006 12:49 am

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Wee Hours Sunday Morning..Flowing Memories

Some of you may not be old enough to remember 5 cent candy bars..the large bags of potato chips that cost 25 cents..or shark fin cars. But I bet there's plenty of you out there who do.

In some ways it was a less complicated easier time..in many ways not. I guess history..the past..just like current times..has it negatives as well as positives. I think when people remember "the good old days" they tend to focus on just the things that brought them comfort and ease..rather than the elements that brought difficulty.

As for me..in spite of the many good things..I do remember the lessons..and wouldn't return to the past..permanently..if I could. But I do have to say..I wouldn't mind..going back for certain things..just for a visit.

Here's a list of some things I would like to go back for. Some just very basic..mundane..some serious. And I may add to the list as time goes on.

. The vegetable and flower gardens..when I was a child.

. Roller skating on the rink in the playground.

. Helping to take care of the horses where I once lived. Although I wouldn't really want to live there again. It was an orphanage.

. Building pretend spaceships out of snow..when the other kids where building snow forts.

. Those 5 cent candy bars and 25 cent bags of potato chips.

. Some of the TV shows I used to watch..like "Science Fiction Theater"..and "The Millionaire".

. Fishing..and actually being able to eat the fish I caught. Now the water is too polluted.

. The Forum..in downtown Minneapolis. This was a cafeteria style restaurant. They tore it down decades ago. But it holds many memories.

. The old Nankin restaurant..also in downtown Minneapolis..and the Wanderer's Punch they used to serve.

. My old neighborhood..in North Minneapolis..before they tore it down and put up public housing units. I remember the huge sunflowers that used to grow along the edge of the garden.

. My brother David..who I met when I was 20 and grew to love. Someone shot him in the head..over a woman.

. I'd continue the voice and guitar lessons I started taking..when I was about 11. Father Norbert..was the music teacher. He also heard everyone's confession. I think he used to get off when I confessed to having "impure thoughts". He would insist on hearing the details.

Well..like I said I may add to the list as time goes on. But in the meantime..

Tell me..what would you go back to..for a time..if you could?

Artwork: "Sunflower Surprise" by Phil Fitzpatrick


Lovin_U_4_Fun 54F

8/27/2006 3:16 am

Glad to see you posting! I do remember five cent candy bars! I learned how to ride a bike and got permission to ride down to the corner store just before they dobled in price! Dime candy bars sound like a good deal, too!

I'm glad you got to meet your brother, and sorry he was taken away early.

Did you ever eat freshly picked peas?

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
8/27/2006 7:28 am

Good morning. Actually I have eaten freshly picked peas. The orphanage were I lived had lots of acres..which included a section of farmland. We grew our own vegetables. Crops..as I recall..did include peas..carrots..potatoes..corn..green beans..spinish..rutabagas..rubarb..beets..etc. Well..you get the idea. We not only picked the peas..we shelled them.

This was also true in my foster home. It had a large garden. I used to help plant the crops..weed the garden..pick the crops and prepare them. And I learned how to can food. Something we should be doing these days.

Funny..but when I think about it..I know it was a healthy lifestyle. I didn't really mind the work..in fact..rather liked it. I miss the land now..and growing things. I sometimes dream of a place with a large enough yard where I can begin to grow my own vegetables again.


RevJoseyWales 69M/66F
14393 posts
8/27/2006 8:52 am

Yeah, those were the days alright. Nickle cokes, 10c comics, penny candy Unsupervised sport played morning to night. You could walk any street anytime day or night. Cops walking a beat. Soda machines with real ice in them. Corner drug stores with soda fountains, corner groceries. Quarter a gallon or less gas. Twenty cents a pack cigs, out of the machine. It was a slower more gentle life then, Kiss. Is it any wonder most of us now suffer from some kind of stress related illness? Joe

"McVeigh had the right idea, wrong address."

"This ain't Dodge City, and you ain't Bill Hickok."

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
8/27/2006 11:49 am

Hi Joe..
Sure wish I had some of those 10 cent comics now. I used to buy Superman..Archie..Little Lulu. They'd be worth a fortune about now.

Those corner drugstore soda fountains..I loved my double scoop butterbrickle ice cream cones. There was a small grocery store right across the street from my house. It was owned by this huge man..Mr Lukas. During the summer months he would sweat and smell bad.

There's something my foster parents never found out about. I used to sneak away and go down to the railroad tracks. I would talk to the hobos who rode the trains. It's a wonder they didn't find this little brown body dead somewhere.

When they were building the freeway system..some of the other kids and I would walk across the framework of the bridge..I think it was on 36th street..and look down into the excavation of the roads below. I guess the saying is true..fools and children go where angels fear to tread. Someone was looking after me.


digdug41 49M

8/27/2006 2:53 pm

If I could go back I would want to see some bands that I missed out on but thats about it really nothing else major for me

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elysianpleasure 47M

8/27/2006 7:17 pm

I am not sure the times were simpler... as much as our lives were simpler when we were younger... which made everything else seem simpler. I am one who remembers the past with great reverence... but never really thinks about going back or changing it. It got me where I am... and there have been many joys I would not risk losing. But in the spirt of the post...

I would go back to...

1) See my grandfather one last time, and sit in his lap and smell him... he always had this smell of apple tobacoo....

2) I would go back and feel the kiss of one special person just one more time...

3) I would go back and hold my children at their birth again... just to remember the miracle that is them...

... but I would not change anything... just go back to remember... so I could appreciate these things all the more now.

Lovin_U_4_Fun 54F

8/28/2006 5:32 pm

I have never dedicated enough time to having a vegetable garden, but I would enjoy it. I've only grown flowers, bushes, and tree. I really enjoy digging around in the dirt and watching things grow... hence the name of my blog!

It sounds as though you are really spending time with your memories. Remember to balance it with here and now. Hoping all is well with you! --lu4f

8321 posts
8/30/2006 2:39 pm

When you are young, everything seems so much more poignant, because of the naivety.

That is your world, all you know.

I think every last one of use wishes a part of us could stay there, the safety we left, the innocence we never found again.


"My every move is a calculated step, to bring me closer to embrace an early death." -Tupac Shakur

qyxx 59F
3267 posts
9/3/2006 7:14 pm

oh the days of penny candy, when I think back to how much goodies I could get for the price of one candy bar today.....I shake my head..I would have went into sugar shock


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