Oh I don't know, just how you look at it I suppose....seems like I keep saying that.
I plan on going to North Carolina late in the summer to see a childhood friend I have not seen since
we were about 14 years old. She's a teacher and her husband which also was a childhood friend, is
a nuclear engineer. We happen to find each other on Facebook about a year ago. We're so excited!
For years as kids, she lived one house over from me. Every morning Monday thru Friday, I'd knock
on her door. Her little sister would be sitting on the floor right in front of the tv, watching Captain Kangaroo.
I always had to wait for her to get her coat, boots, gloves, hat on. We lived by the windy city (Chicago)
and at that time at least, kids walked to school. I should say, trudged to school. Everything snowy and
white and all one could see moving thru the snow in the early morning was little people trudging thru
the snow to school. It would be so cold that by the time we got to school, my eyelashes would fall out..
because the only exposed place to the elements would be my eyes. Always had eye infections, needless
In the summer, we'd ride our bikes, go swimming at the pool in the park, (got talked into diving off the
diving board before I could swim and almost drown in that pool), play jump rope and often sit in the
yard and play with barbie dolls. In the evening we would play softball at the corner of the block, in a
On Saturdays we'd some times go into town and walk from store to store trying to decide what to
spend our $5 on. We were rich if we had $5 to spend. I'd always want to go into the walgreens
and buy that cheap perfume....I think it was 29 cents a bottle...maybe less. I usually bought a skirt
some where for a $1. We loved going in Goldblatts because it was the huge department store...we
liked the ping ping ping of the elevators. Seems like maple nuts were only a dime or so a pound..get
those by the big scoops. We'd walk down to McMillians record shop and spend hours looking thru the
45's. Saw several bands there during what the town called 'Old Fashion Day'....saw the 'Animals'
and the 'Turtles'. Some times take the south shore train into Chicago, go to a museum or the
No wonder kids are fat today! They ride school bus's, they sit in the stuffy house, eat and play video
I don't think kids have fun like we did back then. Every day was a big adventure....even if it was
colder than an eskimo's butt most of the time.
Anyway, guess you could even say my earnings are going for my vacation.
Just depends on how you look at it.