Memory Lane...

United States
January 18, 2007 9:40am CST
I just love talkin' about the 'good ole days' and reliving some of those fond moments of the past. We had all kinds of stores in my old neighborhood, a laundromat[this wasn't coin operated] a grocery store, a meat market, I guess we had just about everything,just a few steps away from our front door. But I guess the store that I loved the most was the delicatesent, he had a jukebox that we would go in there and play sometimes. I think we would get 3 songs for .10...really miss that. What about you care to share a warm memory?
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@34momma (13891)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I think one of my best momeries from when i was young was sundays at my grandparents house. every sunday my whole family would go to my grandfathers house for sunday dinner. and i mean dinner. my grandfather was an amazing cook and he would my good stuff. i am hungry thinking about it. my cousins and i would be in the back room playing james bond, or super heros. that was fun then. i mean it was us kids using our imagination, having a good time. waiting for my grandfather to say, get you a$$e$ to the table. life was simple back then
• United States
19 Jan 07
On Sundays we use to go to my aunt's house and she would do the cookin' and we would do the the eatin'. Gosh, I miss that, and you know something else, she lived quite a distance from my mom's house and sometimes I would walk their alone without any worries...Thanks for the post...SS
@nickventere (1423)
• Zambia
19 Jan 07
We had good neighbourhoods where kids would play without the fear of being harmed by hoodlums. For instance, if I chose, I would ride my bike to school, about 6km away. But nowadays, we are scared and worried about the safety our kids if they can ride that far. From the doorstep of our homes, we would hop out to the shop across the road, with coins, and play Pacman and a variety of other arcade games. I also loved Donkey Kong, for which I was the champion (with highest rating) in my neighbourhood. I relieve this to my kids, and sometimes they think I'm just making it up!
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• United States
1 Feb 07
It seems as though, no matter where you live, we as parents have the same fears. I know when I was growing up, my mom and dad didn't have the same worries that I had, when my kids were growing up. Sometimes I feel sorry for kids these days, because as a parent you can never let your guard down, you must always be vigilant...SS
@nzinky (822)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Guess I go back every now and then to memory lane.....Like as a kid being able to ride our bikes without lights at night on the sidewalk.......Forget about a helmet or knee pads, when you could get a 12 oz. pepsi for a nickle, sharing it with a friend and you drank out of the same bottle, mom and her friends setting on the front porch swing talking tell storys of when they were kids, We played out side in the summer time till the street lights came on and if we were really quite we would be able to sleep on the porch at night in the summer time........Going around the neighbor hood and finding pop bottle to take to the store and getting the money for them....Then getting soda and candy as a treat for our hard work.......Those are the things I remember.......
• United States
1 Feb 07
I had forgotten how as kids we all drank from the same bottle, do you remember when a penny got you a couple of pieces of candy. And we also collected pop bottles to get extra money to buy more candy...Those were the good ole days...SS
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Collecting pop bottles for 2 cents each. The bigger ones were worth 5 cents. There were no recycling laws back then. So, they could be found anywhere. Then cashing them in and going to Laura Lee's to buy candy. I can still remember the smell of that old store...like walking into a 100 year old wood building. Such a sweet old lady trying to scratch out a living selling penny candies.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I use to do that too, and we would also use our profits to buy candy and ice cream. I had forgotten all about that,as a matter of fact we also collected old newspapers and turned them in for pocket change...Thanks for sharing...SS
@sunshinecup (7880)
18 Jan 07
I love the nickel and dime Ice cream shop at the corner of the old neighborhood I lived in as a child. You could go in there and it was filled from floor to ceiling with anything and everything, and the ice cream parlor had at least 20 varieties of ice cream. They also and those side by side double scoop ice cream cones. Man that was the place. When I got my allowance that was the place I went to first!
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• United States
19 Jan 07
I remember those double scoop cones, what happened to them anyway. And neighborhood ice cream palors, on my block on Sunday evenings, everyone from the block would be in there getting their quart of ice cream...Gosh, that use to be fun...Thanks for the memory...SS
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
18 Jan 07
Ohh, I love that! I would have been in heaven if there had been a place nearby with a jukebox in it! ^_^ I just love music! ^_^ Anyway, there was a store just down the street from my house that sold salvaged goods (from things like train wrecks, etc) and they often had a lot of really cheap candy. My friends and I *loved* to walk down there with our pocket change every week and buy as much candy as we could! That was a really warm memory.. I wish that that store were still there *laugh*
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Well, when I was a kid if you had a penny, you could take it to the store and get a couple of pieces of candy. And we had this store, that sold candy and I think he mended and altered clothing, well anyway, he had this old and I mean old Singer Sewing Machine, the kind you had to power by using a foot peddle. We would always buy candy there and play on the sewing machine, the owner never seemed to mind...Thanks for the memory...SS
@patrice7 (1192)
• United States
29 Jan 07
wow!. i would love to share my memories of the past too!. well i choose to share the experience that i have had when i was still a child and my uncle was still alive.. he would teach me to read and to pronounce words correctly and everytime i do it right he gives me chocolates or dolls as gifts.. my other uncle would also play with me and make me mad and make me happy at the same time.. i missed the times when me and my brother would go out and venture with friends and we would play house or ninja turtles or hide and seek!. my ate and i usually play ballerina and i was the ballet dancer and she would play the guy who carries me around and pretends to throw me.. well i was very small and my cousin could carry me and twirl me around.. it was really fun being a kid and being able to play games all the time!.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Now see you reminded me of something else I had completely forgotten about, and that was how we use to hold on to someone and spin yourself and that person around. It's kindof hard to believe that we use to think that getting dizzy was fun, but we did...Thanks...SS
@deathlord (234)
• India
19 Jan 07
Talking of the good old days....!!!! I`ve always done more mischiefs in my childhood... I`ve made my school principal call me everyday for some problem or the other in school becuz of me. I`ve also caused so much mental agony to my parents... so my mishaps all were to be laughed at but was very painful when happened....
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• United States
1 Feb 07
And just why were you so mischievous...did you get pleasure from upsetting people?...SS
• India
19 Jan 07
memory lane is endless though.... It cherishes our good days of life......
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• United States
1 Feb 07
Yeh, sometimes when times are not so good, remembering past pleasant memories sometimes helps to get you through rough times...Thanks for the visit...SS
• India
19 Jan 07
one thing i cannot forget is the way all the neighbours came to our house and watched the sunday movie thats aired on doordarshan... A fantastic experience.. We used to distribute snacks to everyone as if it is a big event and the room used to be filled with jokes, laughter, comments about the movie, etc... Can we expect that to happen again? I doubt!!
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• United States
1 Feb 07
I remember when I was much younger, it was around the time the VCR became a household word. My dad found this video shop that closed on weekends, and if you rented something on Fri., you got to keep it for the weekend without incurring an extra charge. He would rent a bunch of movies, and we would have a load of people over watching movies together,we would have a great time. I had forgotten about that, thanks for the memory...SS
• India
19 Jan 07
The good old days are so sweet whenever i recall them.. We lived in a very closely knit society full of pets, trees, lush greenery all over, and lots of camaredie and trust, which is missing in todays world. We had fond memories of how everyone used to help each other when in need.. I hope i can meet them after a long gap of more than 12 years...
• United States
1 Feb 07
It's good to hear that their are people that are still living that simple life, enjoying family and community. I also hope that you get the chance to see them again...Thanks for the post...SS
@patrice7 (1192)
• United States
19 Jan 07
yes.. i miss the good ole days!. i miss the days when i was young and innocent and the times id cry because of silly, petty, childish things. i miss those times when we would go to the farm our grandparents own to spend our summers. everyday we would be awoken by our grandmother to cut grass before breakfast. if we cannot fill i basket then wo cant eat our breakfast. so there we go to the fields and hating our grandmother and talking to ourselves and laughing because we would steal some grass from our workers to fill our own baskets and laughing again as we tease each other and getting scolded because we are playing when we are supposed to be working. see i dont hate my grandmother for that because she just want us to learn that we have to work to get money or to get food. it is like she is preparing us for reality, preparing us to become independent. anyways i can still remember the amazing games we play with the sons and daughters of our workers. we would play hide and seek with a can and when that can is kicked all those seen by the "it" will go back to hiding again and the "it" would still be the "it"!. then we would play shatong..and it would be the girls versus the boys!. we girls would win but we struggle to do so because the boys are hard to defeat. we also play house their and we cook food. the food that we cook is fresh because the vegetables are freshly picked by us. everything there is fresh and i love it that way. we used to climb trees and eat their fruit while hanging in their branches. we used to go biking and making phases here and there. there was one time that my brother and i raced using bikes and then i was gonna overtake him but he stopped abruptly. so i swirved to the left so that i wont hit him and so i caused injury to myself. i still got a scar in my knee for that. we also used to sneak out of the house during siesta hours. our grandma forces us to sleep at these hours and as children we do not want to sleep because all we want is to play. so we would sneak around and get punished afterwards with a stick or a sack. ah.. those were the days. i could share a whole lot more but nostalgia is striking so i better stop now!. THANK you for this discussion. you made me remember.
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• United States
1 Feb 07
If you should ever see this post, let me know about those grass clippings that you collected in the basket, what did you do with them. And the sack, what did your grandmother do with that. Sounds like you had a great childhood with great memories...Thanks for sharing...SS
• India
19 Jan 07
oooohh... really miss my childhood! Miss those good old evenings when all the kids in the neighborhood used to play their hearts out till the mothers got really pissed with the incessant calls to get the kids back in the house till late in the nights! The games we played, the songs we sang, the way we teased each other and the quarrels, miss all that!
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• United States
21 Jan 07
If it could only have lasted a little longer, at least long enough for us to realize how lucky we were...thanks for sharing...SS
• United States
19 Jan 07
you guys will prolly laugh since im only 19 but i still think back. this part of my life i would half to say is the hardest. i have alot of responsibilties at such a young age and sumtime i just wish that i could only worry about where im goin to ride my bike to next you know lol. i know it sounds crazy but i wouldnt change them days for nothing. i wouldnt go back, its just fun to look back. im happy with my situation as of right now, yeah i may not have alot of money to my name but i have a soon to be wife that loves me, a great family, and hopefully a very successful future ahead of me!
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I am not laughing, your story was great, and I am glad you shared a bit of you life with us. Most young folks, complain about boredom, or have issues with their friends or their family. It's uplifting to hear from someone young who has had a happy childhood, and is content with where they have arrived and is looking positively towards the future...Good Luck and Many Wishes for Success in the Future...SS
@Bee1955 (3885)
• United States
19 Jan 07
We had a diner near our home (and I believe its still open) that had the old-fashioned booths with the little jukeboxes in each one (1 for a dime, 3 for a quarter). This diner baked its own desserts and the stacks of homemade pies, cakes, puddings and other treats in the glass cases always made my brother's, sister's and my mouth water! The waitresses would cut each piece themselves and they were usually big ones, too. Gosh, to go home again!
• United States
21 Jan 07
We had a small restaurant across the avenue, that was like your diner. But unfortunately for me, I didn't visit it much until after I reached my late teens. And discovered finally that the place was an 'undiscovered jewel' a real treasure. The meals they prepared where delicious beyond compare, I only wish it was still there, but I know it isn't. I have found though that 'mom and pop' type diners are always the best,and whenever I find one I visit them...thanks for the post...SS
@fabwisp (1328)
19 Jan 07
sorry. completely off topic, but I love your picture. Where did you find it? Are there more like them I can download? Message me personally if you dont mind! Thanks xxx
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• United States
21 Jan 07
No, I don't mind. I submitted a friendship request, while I wait for you to accept it, I am going to trying to remember the name of the site...thanks for the comment...SS
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
19 Jan 07
my best memory is when my father carrying me from his room back to my own room to sleep every night even though i am already 9 years old... but i really love it and i always want him to carry me...
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• United States
21 Jan 07
I have a few 'best moments with my dad' but the one that I like the best is 'swing dancing' with him. Whenever I think about that it brings a smile to my face...thanks much for the memory...SS
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Jan 07
well yeah i have some fun memory in my childhood it was when im still 6 years old or something...its when times of fun together with my neighbors i really enjoy those times when we have no responsibilities to think of not like now...my childhood days is what i consider most enjoyable one..remembering the trips to the lakes , and have fun in playing hide and seek, telling horror stories during the night in our terrace with friends and all stuff that children loves to do...
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yeh, I also feel that my childhood was the best time of my life. I wish that half of ones life could be spent as a child, because if you really think about we spent such a very short time as a child and before you know it responsibilities are suddenly thrown at you...thanks for the response...SS
@maxmathur (157)
• India
19 Jan 07
memories...they make a lifetime.. it's an amazing life and the best part is that it has just started.. enjoy and look back.. it'll give you a lot of happiness
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• United States
20 Jan 07
You are right I love to reflect on thing from my youth, and whenever I am a little down, for sure they will bring a smile to my heart...thanks for the post...SS
• India
19 Jan 07
There is a place in every heart, They call it memory lane. Where thoughts of loved ones lost Forever will remain. God made this special place when he first created man. for he knew it would be needed As part of our life's plan. He knew when loved ones left us We'd need some time to heal To come to terms with sorrow And the loneliness we would feel So when u lose a loved one And your life is filled with pain The comfort of their presence Will be found in Memory lane.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
That really is a great poem, thanks for taking the time to share it here with us...SS