John has remembered more than I could ever, but after reading it I remember just about everything he mentions.
A lot of thought went into these memories...
some humorous, some poignant, all wonderful.  Thanks, John!

(A very special page, submitted by John Hurt.)

Do You Remember... The Good Ole Days in San Angelo

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I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek at dusk.

Sittin' on the porch,
Holsum's Hot bread and butter.

The ice cream man,
Eatin' a 'super dooper sandwich,' Red light, Green light.

Chocolate milk, lunch tickets, penny candy in a brown paper bag.

Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch
Jacks, kickball, dodgeball, y'all!

Mother May I?

Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jolly Ranchers, blowpops, Mary Janes, Red Hots

Grape and Watermelon Now-Laters (what about "Alexander the grape," "lemonheads")

Running through the sprinkler (I can't get wet!
All right, well don't wet my hair....)
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....

Catchin' lightening bugs in a jar, playing with your sling shot.

When around the corner seemed far away, and going downtown seemed like going somewhere

Bedtime, Climbing trees

A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers

Cops and Robbers,
Cowboys and Indians,
Sitting on the curb

Jumping down the steps at the church

Pillow fights

Being tickled to death

Running till you were out of breath

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt

Being tired from playin'.... Remember that?

Crowding around in a circle around the 'after school fight', then running when the teacher came.

What about the girl that had the big bubbly hand writing??

Eating Kool-aid powder with sugar

When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers)

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there

When nobody owned a purebred dog

When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a huge bonus

When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny

When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces

When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done, everyday.

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!

When the laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

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 it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents

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

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! And some of us are still afraid of em!!!

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