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Friday, June 4, 2010

Nostalgic Friday

I know those of you who have faithfully read my little blog every day (thanks, mom!) since I started it, 3 months ago today by the way, are going to be disappointed that I have made the decision to not do Fancy Friday today.  There are really only so many pictures of cute little espadrille wedges, lace doilies and doggie dresses that I can find to show you.  Plus, there are just too many websites out there who are stingy with the photos of their goods and I'm just not in the mood to be all stressed out by testy photos this morning cause we all know, "if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy".

So I'm just gonna shoot the bull today and see how that goes.  I've never been much good at shootin' the bull or making small talk which is why I went all through my elementary and middle school years without making any friends and only speaking out loud when my very life depended on it. 

I'm not kidding. 

I once flipped over in my desk (you know, the old school kind that your books went underneath and the teacher lined up in rows?) and the teacher went right on teaching because I just stayed there, quietly flipped over on my side in my desk, until one of the other kids told the teacher that Diane had flipped over in her desk to which she replied, "Diane, you are the only student I know who could turn over in her desk without making a sound." 

I was really a different child, however, outside of school and around those I knew well.  It was almost like I had this whole two lives, split personality disorder thing going on.  At home I was cutting flips and cartwheels and dancing in front of the t.v. or mirror in my disco pajamas to the Bee Gees and making prank calls with my bestie (you know, the whole is your refrigerator running? well, you better go catch it! kind of thing), which was totally ruined by the whole caller i.d. business. 

What a buzz kill for our kids today.   

Yeah, they have the internet and Wii and GameBoy and cell phones(except for my kids who remind me on a daily basis that they are the only kids in the whole school and world who do not have cell phones) and ipods, and all the other fun futuristic stuff that we could have never even conjured up in our wildest of imaginations but there are things that I look back on and wish my kids could get the same simple joy out of doing that we once did. 

Here are a few that come to mind:

~playing outside all day in the summer, despite the heat and humidity, because the fun that could be invented outside was way better than the fun that could be had inside... due to that whole lack of video games, computers and five hundred and ninety five channels on t.v. thing again.

~getting super ecstatic about the Wizard of Oz coming on t.v. once a year or the Charlie Brown or Rudolph and Frosty the Snowman specials on holidays because we couldn't just pop in a dvd and watch them anytime we wanted.

~popping popcorn on the stove by putting the kernels in a pot and shaking it back and forth really fast across the burner until magically, the popcorn appeared and pushed the lid off the pot. Because, what the heck was a microwave?!

~dialing a rotary phone or using a phone booth

~answering a phone without having a clue who was on the other end.  Okay, this was not always a good thing, I admit. But still...the anticipation was exciting anyway.

~making a record skip on the record player or playing a record backwards to see if the demonic rumors were really true.  Again, maybe not such a good thing, but ahh...the memories. And for the record (pun intended), I don't recall ever hearing any satanic messages on any of mine.

~jumping rope (for the fun of it), hula hooping, playing hop scotch or Red Rover or Ghost in the Graveyard.

~experiencing the excitement and awe of a Polaroid. Wow!  It was like....magic.  Name that movie.

These are just a few I can recall at the moment but I am always thinking of things like this and wondering when they became history and I suppose it has always been this way, since the beginning of civilization.  I mean, after all, many of our parents (mine included) didn't even have t.v., or even a car, when they were growing up.

And that is what we like to call "progression", sometimes a wonderful thing and sometimes not so much. 

I am gonna vow right here and now to at least take my kids to a drive in movie this summer because yes, there is one still in existence about 25 miles away from us and to pop us up some corn in a pot to take with us.  :) 

Hope y'all have a great weekend!  And btw, you can dial *67 on your phone and prank call away.  Just don't call me cause I know 'em all, probably even invented some of them. 

And just a little FYI for ya, it is true what they say about the quiet ones so keep your eye on 'em.  ;-)


  1. Shake it like a polaroid picture! Oh gosh I remember those...and the prank calls. My cousin and I made an art of inventing ways to annoy people. One poor guy would answer the phone "yello" and we would (every friday night, seriously) say "NO BLUE!!" hang up and explode into giggles. Jeez. We had party lines too. I could do an entire post on party lines. This was a great post Diane! made me giggle!

  2. Haha :) great post! New follower from Fun Follow Friday!

  3. I LOVE this post! I have the same memories from childhood and wish it could still be that way. Good times, good times. :)

    New follower from Friday Follow.

  4. I'm your new follower! Loved your post & will be back for more. Come see me!

  5. I am a new follower from Fun Follow Friday. Your post made me laugh as I was remembering a lot of those things. I also used to remember having to get up all the time and fix the satellite dish on our television as whenever the wind changed direction, we would have to readjust the tv. I don't remember ever being upset over it.

    Crank calls. Those were the days (at least until you got caught).

    Thanks for a great laugh!!!

  6. What a fantastic post! I am a new follower from FFF! Have a great weekend and hope you stop by to follow me back:)

  7. I love this one too, so cute! Brings back lots of memories :)

  8. Found you through a follow, Looking forward to reading your blog

    Hope you will head over to my blog also

  9. you are getting quite a following. i think i can remember making a few prank phone calls with you. it was just good, clean fun.

    we have a drive in close by, too. maybe we'll take the kids this summer.

    btw, we saw prince of persia, tonight. it was really good. maybe not so much for Dracen.

  10. What a fun and great post, thanks for sharing!
    I am a new follower from Friday Follow, so glad to have found your blog.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  11. I remember everyone of those son would be like" how do I use the phone?"

  12. Following from MBC! Great blog!!! Follow me back at

  13. Hello, I am visiting from the tea party. What a great blog! Loved you stories.

    Hope to see you at "Mia Monday".

    Posting 5 of your favorite photos of yourself at any time you want.

  14. Hi Diane,
    I totally agree with you. And for your viewing pleasure, you may visit and watch me demo my rotary phone (search "rotary" or click and pop popcorn on the stove (search "popcorn" or click!
    Loved your post,
    Helen Ellis

  15. Hi Diane,
    I totally agree with you. And for your viewing pleasure, you may visit and watch me demo my rotary phone (search "rotary" or click and pop popcorn on the stove (search "popcorn" or click!
    Loved your post,
    Helen Ellis

  16. You are soo funny! Oh how I miss the good times growing up and enjoying everyday outside riding my bike, swimming or just enjoying popsicles ewith friends. Those were the good days. Thanks for the reminders.