DUNCAN U.  FLETCHER

 

CLASS OF 1959

 

NOSTALGIA

 

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Remember the Green Turtle?

Or Berney's Restaurant?

 

Let's go back........ Close your eyes........ And go back......


I'm talkin' bout hide and go seek and sittin' on the front porch.
Hot homemade bread and butter.
Dancing on the pier
The boardwalk in Jax Beach
Penny candy in a paper bag.
Dress up Days at Fletcher
Jacks, kickball, dodge ball, y'all.
Mother May I?
Your first kiss in the Beach Theater
Sneaking into the drive-in movie in the trunk of a car
Parrot seeds or are they really called sunflower seeds.
Mary Janes, both the shoes and the candy.
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips....wait...
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar.
Reading the "good passages" in Peyton Place!
When around the corner seemed far away and going downtown seem 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.
Jumping on the bed.
Being tickled to death.
Running till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Actually being called in for supper at a certain time.
Playin' at the school yard after supper and at the last minute, when the street lights went on, running home so we wouldn't be too late.
Being tired from playin'.....remember that?
I ain't finished yet....
Little packets of Kool-aid powder with no sugar.
Selling Kool-aid on the corner.
When mothers didn't have cars and if they did, they would have still made us walk.
When there were two types of tennis shoes, one for girls and one for boys--Keds and PF Flyers.
When we drank cherry Cokes at the soda fountain.
When we swam in the ocean in gym class during the last six weeks of school
When some parents owned motels
Easter sun rise service at the beach - and after the service - it was the first day that we went swimming in the ocean no matter how cold the water was.
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.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
When you got your windshield cleaned and oil checked without asking every time.
When you didn't pay for air for your tires.
When you got trading stamps.
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes and towels hidden inside the box
When we respected teachers and policemen because that was the way we were raised.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and not even the kid thought anything about 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 a kid back a grade if they failed...and they did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you 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.

What do you remember about what was good in our "good ole days?"


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