All the girls had ugly gym slips
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up
Nearly everyone's Mum was at home when the kids got home from school
Nobody owned a thoroughbred dog
When 3d was a decent allowance
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces
All your male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day
and wore high heels
You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time. And you didn't pay for air. And, you got trading stamps to boot
Washing Powder had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant
with your parents
They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed. . . and they did it!
When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car.... and people went steady
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car,
in the ignition ... and the doors were never locked
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game
Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger
And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and
savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
When being sent to the head's study was nothing compared to the fate that awaited
the student at home
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings,
drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skate hockey and visits to the pool, and eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember that'?
Remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better
and too young to care.
Tell this to someone who can still remember Mr Pastry, 6.5 Special, The Army Game,
Sunday Night at the London Palladium, Emergency Ward 10, the Lone Ranger,
Hancock's Half hour, Trigger and Sgt Bilko