Based on: Ecclesiastes 2:1 =
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them:” (KJV)


I remember when hop-scotch was in

We hop-scotched from dawn to dust

Making lagers from bobby pens

To skate keys, having fun

And, we didn’t even cuss.


I remember when we had simple fun

From little Sally Walker

Sitting in a saucer to

Playing gig-a-lean in a circle

If you know what I mean.


I remember when hide & seek

Was at its peak,

And spin the bottle was even

Played by our role models.

I remember when climbing trees,

Playing house, coloring books,

Paper dolls filled my days

With excitement and thrills,

Just thinking about it

Gives me chills.


I remember when along came TV

And changed things

As we knew them to be.


I remember when Beanie & Cecil,

The Lone Ranger and Sheriff John

Were the bombs.


I remember when roller skating

Was the thing to do

And the Savoy Skating Ring

Was the place to be

There were people, music,

And food galore

A person couldn’t ask for more.


I remember when American Bandstand

Had cool White people

That could really dance

And watching The Al Jarvis Show

Made your body want to

Dance, dance, dance.

I remember when the days

Were filled with pure & innocent fun

And when respect and comradery

Were demonstrated by almost

Everyone, and civility reigned supreme

If you know what I mean.


I remember when we had

Fried chicken after Church

And family and friends

Sitting, talking and laughing

On the front porch.


I remember when neighbors

Were only known

By their last names alone

For they actually helped

To raise the kids

In their neighborhoods

Even if it meant spanking

Their little behinds

To help make them mind.


I remember when neighbors

Were close friends

So close they seemed more

Like family than friends

Oh, what powerful communities

We had back then

When things were so simple

And easy to comprehend

Yes, I’m happy that

I grew-up back then

So, I can gladly say,

I Remember When …

(The Bottom Line)