Thursday, May 19, 2011
Everything I Learned, I Learned in Kindergarten... and Then Re-learned as a Mom
Mom used to say she remembered when a gallon of gas was a quarter. She used to go to the "showhouse" and watch a movie plus get popcorn and a drink for a nickel. She remembers the first person on her block that got a color television.
My Dad used to like to ride his horse everywhere he went. His old stomping grounds are now filled in with apartment buildings, convenience stores, fast food joints, and malls.
As I pulled into the gas station the other day to fill up and watched the numbers beside the dollar sign jumping at an alarming rate, I looked forlornly at the sign showing $3.75 per gallon for unleaded.
I got back in the car and told my kids, "I remember when gas was 99 cents a gallon, a big candybar was 25 cents and you could buy a gumball for a penny! But now that's history."
The kids looked at me with varying degrees of astonishment on their faces. "You lived that long ago?"
I began defensively explaining that it wasn't THAT long ago, but their questions were coming faster than I could answer. "Did you used to ride in a covered wagon?" "Did you have color t.v.?" "Did they have electricity when you were little?" "Were you here when Jesus was born?"
I said "history," not ancient history!