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FOR THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGING

Let's face it, our world is changing right before our eyes. The lives we took for granted just a year ago are no longer sacred or no longer exist - let alone the lives we lived half a century ago.

American car manufacturers, banks and companies that have been part of our lives since we were kids are either gone or going. The dream of owning a home has become more a fantasy than a dream, the security of our childhood is a thing of the past along with the idea of retiring with a gold watch from a company that you worked at for fifty years. Heck, the idea of just retiring may be a thing of the past.

We live in uncertain times and in uncertain times we tend to look back at the past with fond memories and a nostalgia for "the good old days". At my age (and on this blog) I tend to do that anyway, but today I want to take another direction. Today I want to take a look at the past and point out a few things that weren't so great - things that I don't remember so fondly from my childhood. So, with my tongue firmly in cheek and my twisted and scarred psyche firmly out front, I give you the things that aided in abetted in making me who I am today:
  1. The drab and clunky fifties fashions - talk about fugly - you rarely saw any fun colors, skirts hit just below the knee (a horrid hemline for most women's legs), there was a lot of plaid in my wardrobe and I hate plaid.
  2. The sixties weren't exactly an elegant era for fashion either - gogo boots, mini skirts (not great for those of us with calf-less legs), hip-huggers (thank God I had no hips in those days), long stringy hair, granny glasses - give me the beautiful fashions of the thirties and forties any day!
  3. I am also not fond of the seventies looks either - what were we thinking with those frizzy perms, hot pants and those horrid white leisure suits?
  4. The hairstyles of the fifties through seventies. Okay, I harp on this I know, but look at the photo and tell me if that is not a dorky haircut! And to get it that dorky I had to suffer through sleeping with bobby pins poking my head all night, every night. Let's not even go into the long straight hair of the sixties or the home perms of the seventies - with thin, fine hair like mine "bad hair day" was pretty much my entire youth's mantra.
  5. The only real "fast food" was McDonalds. Okay, this is not purely a "bad" thing about the past but I do love the fact that I can have a taco, Chinese and even Greek fast food by driving my car up to a window. At least I have a choice in my junk food now, lol.
  6. I got picked on by my older brother and sister. I doubt that's changed much in today's world - I'm sure older kids still terrorize their younger siblings - but it was still something that I'm sure warped my tender little psyche and made me the Normal Challenged weirdo that I am today, lol.
  7. Teachers. Teachers when I was growing up were drab old fuddy duddies who looked down their nose through little half glasses at you with a stern countenance, whacked you with rulers, made you stand in a corner, embarrassed you in front of all the other kids, made you stay after school on beautiful sunny days and made you write things like "I will not draw funny pictures of my teacher" over and over and over and over again. Of course, maybe the fact that I was an insolent little smart-ass of a bratty kid had something to do with that but still! I didn't like a teacher until I hit college and then they weren't just teachers, they were "professors" - and some were even cute!
  8. I loved most of my toys back then but when I look at the cool stuff kids can have today I'm jealous! I would love a hot pink Barbie car that actually has an "engine" - one you don't have to peddle. (BTW, I never even got a peddle car when I was a kid and I always wanted one of those.) And I love the cool computer games that did not exist when I was a kid - don't tell me that you wouldn't love a Wii even now. This is sort of less a dislike about then as it is a "I wish I could have had one of those then".
  9. And what about girl's baseball, soccer and even football? There was no such thing as a girl's baseball team when I was a kid. I was a tomboy and I envied my brother (remember Butthead?) getting to dress up in a real baseball uniform and playing in Little League.
  10. The ugly eyeglass designs of the fifties and early sixties. Just look at those horn-rimmed horrors in the photo above - I lived with "four eyes" all through my school career because I didn't get contacts until I bought them myself at twenty years old.
  11. "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice, Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails" What I'm referring to here is the roles that little girls were shoved, spindled and mutilated into. Even then I rebelled against being forced to be "girly", treated differently because I was a girl and being relegated to society's idea of female behavior, female occupations and female lifestyles. I never saw a woman cop, a woman firefighter or a woman pilot. If I wanted to work I was told I could teach, type or toe the line! Balderdash!
  12. Family car vacations - I refer you to paragraph 3/4 of this post "Route 66 - Here's Yer Sign: Burma Shave"
  13. Babysitting. I earned money by babysitting - fifty cents an hour. Leaky, dripping, smelly, screaming little rug rats were the bane of my youthful existence from age 13 - 16. I don't have any kids and now you know why.
Yup, things have changed in the last half century. It's not all warm and fuzzy on Memory Lane despite what us old farts would have you believe. Change is not always bad and it's not always good, it just is. . . . .and maybe what I have the most trouble with! Am I getting set in my ways?



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11 comments:

  1. You really did miss out on the pedal cars. They were fun!

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  2. But so much of it has come back in style, the cat's eye glasses and hip hugger pants. I thought the toys were classic back then. Everything is plastic now! I loved the shag hairdo (Jane Fonda made it famous), hated the bubble and farrah faucet do.

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  3. Absolutely LOVE the frames in that photo! I collect vintage eyeglasses & those are stellar :) Great list - Happy TT!

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  4. Alice! You just had to rub it in, didn't you!!!!! LOL.

    colleen - Oh, the shag! Yes! That was actually one haircut that worked for me - but this was my post of things I didn't like in the old days. I have over 100 posts here of things I did like, lol.

    LingoVise - Yup, they're retro and cool now - but I dare you to go back 50 years and wear them into a classroom in a new school! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Great post PAD and some fun flashbacks. Doesn't it sometimes feel when you look that far back as if that isn't even you in the pictures? I was looking at kid pictures of myself in the 1970's and only now realize just how much I was looking like Laura on Little House on the Prairie (everybody used to tell me that but I couldn't see it myself then).

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  6. Belle - I'm still trying to figure out what was up with my lips in this photo, lol. It looks like I was into "plumping" fifty years ahead of everyone else!!!

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  7. I think some of the 50s fashions were a lot more fun (and more my style) than those of the 70s. As if wearing horrible 70s fashion wasn't bad enough growing up in the 70s, they had to bring it back as retro. *shudders*

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  8. Heather - they bring everything back in 25-30 year cycles in fashion it seems - My mom had some of the coolest platform shoes from the forties. One pair in particular was a pair of purple suede heels - so sexy! Wish I'd kept those.

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Excellent list to remind us that things maybe weren't as great as we remember them. By the way, props to you for poking fun at yourself by posting one of your childhood pics.

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  10. Many of these things are coming back. I have to laugh when my girls say. Look at 'this' it's the latest new thing. LOL Sorry girls, that style is older than you are.
    Happy T13!

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  11. Malcolm - I was brave to upload that doofus picture of me, huh??? LOL.

    Adelle - I remember some years back when my oldest niece said to me, "Aunt Terri, you've got to hear this group!"....it was the Beatles. Hahaha!

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