Happy Memories of Rhodesia

Just for a minute, forget everything stressful and read this......

Close your eyes and go back in time...
Before the Internet...
Before semi-automatics, joyriders and crack....
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...
Way back........
I'm talking about Hide and Seek and 123 block in the playground.
Football with an old can.
Beano, Dandy, Buster, Twinkle and Dennis the menace.
Korn Kurls, jumping the stream, building dams.
The smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Dandy bubble gum.
A lolly ice on a warm summer night from the Lyons Maid man with the bell Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe Neapolitan or perhaps a screwball.
Coke in a glass bottle.
Playing at your friends house on a Friday afternoon.
Watching Saturday morning cartoons, short commercials or the flicks.
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere.
Chongololos, wasps, paper thorns and bee stings.
Sticky fingers.
Playing Marbles. Ball bearings. Big 'uns and Little 'uns.
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, and Zorro.
Climbing trees.
Building forts.
Never wearing shoes, no matter where you went.
Running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
Being tired from playing....remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Choppers and BMXs.
Eating raw jelly.

Remember when...
There were two types of takkies - girls and boys, and North Stars - and the only time you wore them at school was for P.E.
You knew everyone in your street - and so did your parents.
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
You didn't sleep a wink on Christmas Eve.
When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.
When $2 was decent pocket money.
Freddos, chomps and bananas.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a cent.
When nearly everyone's mum was at home when the kids got there.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the head'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.
Parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! and some of us are still afraid of them. Didn't that feel good?
Just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that! Remember when....
Decisions were made by going " Eeny meeny miny mo..."
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly".
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
And the worst thing in your day was having to sit next to one.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a catapult.
Nobody was prettier than Mum.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable aspirin.
Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED.