Schneid Remarks 3-24-2022

Every once in a while there is something posted on Facebook which I can’t go without reprinting in my column space.

There was a group of us sitting around talking about the “old days” and when I say that I mean the 1970s and 1980s. Those years don’t seem that long ago, until you actually do the math and realize how far back it really was.

Being in my mid-50s the 70s and 80s were school and college days.

It was a completely different time than what we live in today. That is what brings me back to this Facebook post which brings me back to that time in my life when it sure seemed like things were much easier.

Our discussions about music, how we grew up, relationships, things we liked to eat, and many other items were brought up. It was a great conversation about the simpler times.

This Facebook column featured many of the things we talked about. So here it is… enjoy.

I grew up in Minnesota but never thought I was raised by low income parents during a time when most everyone treated each other with respect.

We didn't eat a lot of fast food because it was considered a treat, not a food group. We drank Kool-Aid made from water that came from our kitchen sink with real sugar. We ate bologna sandwiches, or even tuna (which was in a can not a pouch), PB&J & grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, pot pies, but mostly homemade meals consisting of mainly dough, meat, potatoes, vegetable, bread & butter, and homemade dessert.

We grew up during a time when we mowed lawns, pulled weeds, babysat, helped neighbors with chores to be able to earn our own money. We went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes, red rover, dodge ball, run with siblings, and friends & played hide and seek.

We drank tap water from the water hose outside... bottled water was unheard of. If we had a Coke - it was in a glass bottle ... and we didn’t break the bottle when finished …

We watched TV shows like Bonanza, Leave It To Beaver, Gilligan's Island, Happy Days, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Little House On The Prairie, and I Love Lucy.

After school, we came home, and did homework, and chores before going outside or having friends over. We would ride our bikes for hours. We had to tell our parents where we were going, who we were going with, and what time we'd be back.

You LEARNED from your parents instead of disrespecting them, and treating them as if they knew absolutely nothing. What they said was LAW, and you did not question it, and you had better know it!!!

When the sun was starting to set you had better be home. In school we said the Pledge of Allegiance, we stood for the National Anthem, and listened to our teachers.

We watched what we said around our elders because we knew if we DISRESPECTED any grown-up we would get our behinds whipped, it wasn't called abuse, it was called discipline!

We held doors, carried groceries, and gave up our seat for an older person without being asked. You didn't hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you had a bar of soap stuck in your mouth, and had to stand in the corner. “Please, Thank you, yes please, no thank you, yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, and no sir were part of our daily vocabulary!

You grew up to respect the Nation, and the flag.

Re-post if you're thankful for your childhood, and will never forget where you came from & the time you came from!

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