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When the worst thing you could do at school was  smoke in the bathrooms, flunk a test or chew gum. And  the banquets were in the cafeteria and we danced to a juke  box later, and all the girls wore fluffy pastel gowns and the boys wore suits  for the first time and we were allowed to stay out till 12  p.m.

When a '57 Chevy was everyone's dream car. . . to  cruise, peel out, lay rubber and watch drag races, and people went  steady and girls wore a class ring with an inch of wrapped dental floss or yarn  coated with pastel frost nail polish so it would fit her  finger.

And no one ever asked where the car keys were  'cause they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never  locked. And you got in big trouble if you accidentally locked the doors at home,  since no one ever had a key.

Remember lying on your back on the grass with your  friends and saying things like "That cloud looks like a..."

And playing baseball with no adults to help kids  with the rules of the game. Back then, baseball was not a psychological group  learning experience-it was a game.

Remember when stuff from the store came without  safety caps and hermetic seals 'cause no one had yet tried to poison a perfect  stranger.

And...with all our progress...don't you just  wish...just could slip back in time and savor the slower pace...and  share it with the children of the 80's and 90's .....

So send this on to someone who can still remember  Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut  Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger  and Buttermilk as well as the sound of a real mower on Saturday morning, and  summers filled with bike rides, playing in cowboy land, baseball games, bowling  and visits to the pool...and eating Kool-Aid powder with  sugar.

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!  But we all survived because their love was greater than  the threat.

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say,  Yeah, I remember that!

And was it really that long  ago?