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Imagestormyla
Feb 13, 2010 2:49 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Our world has changed so much since we were young. There are many customs and activities that have gone by the wayside. This is a spot to remember and discuss some of the things from the past that we used to enjoy.
Imagestormyla
Feb 13, 2010 2:50 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Easter outfits. I used to love getting a new outfit for Easter. Please describe your favorite Easter outfit.
ImageRoses_R_Red
Feb 17, 2010 10:52 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Oh my gosh, it was lavender silk. My great aunt made the dress for me. She put matching velvet ribbon around my waist and up on the brim of the straw hat that was redecorated for me every Easter. There was also a small spray of flowers at the waist and over the brim. She let me use her Chantilly liquid perfumed sachet. All my crazy curls were tamed into LOTS of shiny pipe curls.
Imagestormyla
Feb 18, 2010 12:34 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Big Grin Teri, I'm getting such a wonderful mental image of you in this lovely outfit. It almost feels like an Impressionist painting. My mother often wore Chantilly perfume. Your story brought the scent back to my mind.
Did you have gloves too?
ImageRoses_R_Red
Feb 18, 2010 6:15 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
Oh, of course gloves and a pocket book!
Imagestormyla
Feb 21, 2010 2:08 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Another thing I miss is Sunday family dinners, with the extended family. We always gathered together on Sundays. My grandfather would stop at the bakery on his way home from church and load up on wonderful coffee cakes, cheesecakes and other great delights. An great aunt would drop by with homemade pasta. A cousin who worked for Whitman's chocolates used to bring a 5lb box of the candy seconds. A great uncle always brought some homemade wine. Everybody seemed to have a specialty and loved sharing it.

We kids would all be running around in our church clothes, playing and just enjoying the company of all of the cousins. Our parents would all be having fun with their brothers and sisters sharing stories of their childhood adventures, the parties they'd been or were going to and comparing notes on all of us kids.

The oldest generation seemed to be taking it all in and finding everything amusing. Who had died was a big subject among them, which brought more wonderful sharing of stories from years past. What were Sundays like for you?
Imagesallyg
Feb 22, 2010 9:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
On Sunsdays we went to Mass with Dad while Mom went to Methodist service next door. I liked the feeling of catharsis when the last song was upbeat. SOmetimes we stopped at High;s for milk or a snack on the way home. Sunday dinner was often a baked chicken. I had no cousins anywhere on the east coast. So it was just us. Maybe thats why I'm antisocial.
I miss getting bridal wreath put on my head for the May Procession at school. I miss the smell of old wood in old classrooms. The huge tall windows with lots of natural light, and roll down shade that you reached with a long pole-hook. I miss the cloakroom! I could visit that school and see f they still have them or have remodeled. That would be a loss. Lunchboxes and new vinyl bookbags. The mimeograph sheets! My girlfriend who stood with me at recess every day, even when I stood around the corner from Robert and hooted at him cuz he was the cutest boy IMHO. I guess I was quite happy in all the grade school years. My world was stable and very comfortable. I miss feeling that the world is stable and comfortable.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagestormyla
Feb 22, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, I love you new tag line. Wasn't that the name of one of your articles? Those are all wonderful memories.
Cloak room, that's what it was called at my Catholic School too, although at least half a century had passed since anyone wore cloaks. Do you think it's now called Coat room? Yes, I think we all wish for a time when life was more simple and peaceful.
Imagesallyg
Feb 22, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Cloaks--ha ha ha Now where did I leave my cloak?

Bloom where you're planted= is something I read somewhere and to me it means not just live there but try to bloom--do something a little special, no matter where happen to be at the time.
My yearbook phrase was "Remember that joy and riches are of the spirit' or some such philosophical thing. But trust me I am not all philosophy, or spiritual.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageRoses_R_Red
Feb 22, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
I miss the days when it was safe for kids to walk for miles while exploring and playing during the day. In summer my friends and I would get season passes to the beautiful salt water pool at Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside Park, NJ (town where I lived). We would walk about 2 miles to get there and 2 miles back. About 20 kids laughing, pushing, running and singing as we went.

I also miss the Sundays of my childhood. My grandfather's yard was the meeting place for dinner, drinks (plenty of wine), mandolin and accordian playing, singing and bocci ball competition. He had a bocci court in the side yard. I can remember that when the boxes with the bocci balls would come out, I would start crying and my dad would sooth me and cradle me in his arm. Those guys would really get heated up during the game. They would point at the balls and SHOUT and argue about the placement of the balls. I thought that they were really angry and would be getting violent next. I was wrong. They quieted down until the next round then started the rucus all over again.
ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 22, 2010 9:36 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
[quote="Roses_R_Red"]I miss the days when it was safe for kids to walk for miles while exploring and playing during the day. In summer my friends and I would get season passes to the beautiful salt water pool at Palisades Amusement Park in Cliffside Park, NJ (town where I lived). We would walk about 2 miles to get there and 2 miles back. About 20 kids laughing, pushing, running and singing as we went.

Boy this is a big one for me. I practically lived at the Penbrook Pool. It was probably about 2 miles and I rode my bike all by myself. In the winter I went to the YWCA and my Mom showed me how to catch the bus after school and how to catch a different one to come home. When I would get off the bus it would be dark so she would be there to walk me home. Not sure exactly how old I was but I competed in the 8 and under class so I couldn't have been more than 8. My kids practically ran wild though the woods behind the house and took their ponies out riding all day long I would pack them a lunch and they wouldn't be seen till dinner. Now that I think about it they would have been about 8 when I first let them ride the loop path in the woods by themselves. Now a days you are practically considered a negligent parent if you can't put your hand on your child within seconds. There is a huge controversy going on with Helicopter Parents on one side and parents of Free Range Children on the other. I just about died laughing when I first heard the term Free Range Children. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Life is Great! Holly
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ImageHollyAnnS
Feb 22, 2010 9:52 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Boy Sally, That sounds familiar, too. My Dad took me to Mass on Sundays while my Mom went to the Presbyterian Church. Our Mothers were rebels marrying outside your faith was a big deal back then. After Mass we would stop at the corner Deli with my Uncle and I would get a hot fudge sunday.
Did any of you have vestibules in your family homes? There was one in my Grand Parents house and Mom said that when a boy brought you home he would try to kiss you in the vestibule. If you were there too long Gramppa would come and open the door. Hey he had 6 daughters I bet he never got any sleep. Rolling my eyes.
Life is Great! Holly
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Imagestormyla
Feb 23, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL Holly, We had a vestibule in one of our homes. There wasn't much kissing going on in their. We left that activity outside on the front porch, at a precise spot that wasn't visible from inside of the house. It took a lot of examination to determine just where that spot was, Big Grin
Imagestormyla
Mar 7, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I miss group cookie baking. My mom, aunts and grandmother used to get together to bake cookies. That was a lot of fun. My grandmother's dog used to get to eat all of the burnt ones!
ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 12, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
We use to have a neighborhood group that did a cookie social a couple of times a year. There were several stay at home Mom's and we would get together and swap cookies and recipes have a cup of coffee and some chat. It was great fun. I miss knowing my neighbors. We have a small group of houses and at one time I knew all my neighbors. Now I only know those that live closest or those that have been here a long time. I quite often think about doing a block party.
Life is Great! Holly
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ImageRoses_R_Red
Mar 12, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
I know exactly how you feel, Holly. I knew all my neighbors when I lived in Bergen County, NJ. When I moved to PA it was taking too long to get to know my neighbors, so, at the yearly family and friends get together that I always had on Father's Day when my Dad was with us, I invited my neighbors also. My dad is no longer with us but we continue to have our get togethers and my neighbors are just delighted that we all get to see each other. This has led to a very neighborly attitude where they are not hesitant to stop and ask for help or a tool, or to offer the same.
Imagestormyla
Mar 13, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Teri, That is Soooooo like you! What a wonderful idea Thumbs up

When I was very active in a local women's group, we ran the snack concession for the local outdoor summer series of concerts. We would get together every week for a brownie and caramel popcorn ball making feat. It was a great yakking time. We all brought our own mixers along too.

There's nothing like a shared task to help folks get to know one another! I too miss those days. For me, it comes down to being too busy to make those time committments now. That's one reason why retirees are always so busy. They're catching up on all of the things they never had time to do Big Grin
ImageRoses_R_Red
Mar 14, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
You're so right, Stormy. My DH and I wonder how we found the time to work before we retired.
Imagestormyla
Jul 24, 2010 1:27 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
How about some things we don't miss?

5 day deodorant pads

Tooth Powder

Lilt Home Permanents

Used Bath Water

Frozen Laundry on the Clothes Line
luvsgrtdanes
Jul 28, 2010 2:11 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Lilt Home Permanents...I can still smell em Hilarious!
I miss all games we used to play...no one does that anymore. I can remember playing "Barbies" for hours. Chinese jump rope and hopscotch were favorites of mine. Kick the can and freedom, badminton, wire ball and stick ball...We played school and house, pretended we were on a deserted Island as in Gilligan Hilarious! hide and seek, break the golden gates, red light green light, mother may I?...I don't think kids have any imagination. I try my darnedest to keep my GDs away from the TV and encourage play time Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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