Many Wonderful Memories
by Sandy Engel
I remember collecting pop bottles for money and visiting our neighborhood candy store. You could get so much candy for a few bottles. I can remember yummy root beer Popsicles and scooped ice cream at the neighborhood store.
We could walk anywhere in our neighborhood without feeling afraid; everyone knew everyone, and we all looked out for each other. The kids all played outside and yes, we drank from the hose if we were thirsty. We played cowboys and Indians, hide and seek and frozen statue.
We listened to radio programs as a family and if you were lucky you had a small screen black and white TV that you could watch I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and The Red Skelton Show. No one sat in front of the TV all day; we had no video games or computers.
The family ate dinner as a family, ours was usually at 5:00 pm. Once a week my mother would go to the butcher shop to get the little bit of meat we could afford for the week, and the butcher always gave me a hot dog as a treat. It tasted so good, nothing like the hot dogs these days.
They were hard times but much better times than today. People had manners, cared for one another and talked to each other with respect. If someone was in front of you when you got to the door, they would hold the door open for you.
These are just a few of the many memories that I miss.