This is why I think the way I think. This is why no Hollywood star or musician or politician can sway me to thinking differently! I am blessed to have grown up and experienced all of this. Even the ass whoopins! You who say you're open minded can now see who I am, and understand why I believe in what I do. I am old school blue collar and patriotic. This is how I was brought up, this is me! I was raised in New...See More Hampshire! This was in a time when most everyone treated each other with respect. We didn't eat a lot of fast food. We drank Kool-aid and sweet tea, ate bologna sandwiches, salmon patties that would sometimes have little bones in them, PB&J & grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, pot pies, but mostly home made meals consisting of mainly meat & potatoes. A lot of the vegetables came from our own garden, too. We grew up during a time when we would gather glass bottles to take to the store and use the deposit money to buy penny candy. (We even got a brown paper bag to put the candy in). You could get a lot for just 25 cents. We went outside a lot to play games, ride bikes, run with siblings and friends & played hide and seek, kick the can, jump rope, hopscotch, Red Rover, red light, Mother May I, kick ball, even dodge ball. We drank tap water from the hose outside... bottled water was unheard of. No cable t.v. just 3 channels. I was the remote control. No microwave, or cell phones. We ate hot and cold cereal at the breakfast table before going to school. We watched TV as a family ....Gilligan's Island, Wonderful World of Disney, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza & The Walton’s. After school, we came home and did homework and chores and watched some cartoons on Saturday morning. If you were bad in school, you got in trouble there and when you got home you got in trouble again because your parents already knew. Paddling was allowed in school and you behaved yourself or else. We would ride our bikes for hours and talk until the lightning bugs came out. You LEARNED from your parents instead of disrespecting them and treating them as if they knew nothing. What they said was the gospel. If someone had a fight, that's what it was a fist fight and you were back to being friends afterwards or the bullying pretty much ceased. Kids that were around guns were taught how to properly use them and to respect them and never thought of taking a life. You had to be close enough to home to hear your Mom yelling to tell you it’s time to come home for dinner. We ate around the dinner table and talked to each other as a family unit. We said the Pledge of Allegiance, stood for the National Anthem & listened to our teachers. We watched what we said around our elders because we knew If we DISRESPECTED any grown up we would get our behinds busted, it wasn't called abuse, it was called discipline! We held doors, carried groceries and gave up our seat without being asked. You didn't hear curse words on the radio in songs or TV, and if you cursed and got caught you got your mouth washed out with a bar of soap. “Please, Thank you, Yes M'am and Yes, Sir" were part of our daily vocabulary! Re-post if you're thankful for your childhood and will never forget where you came from! Wouldn't it be nice if it were possible to get back to this way of life? It's possible, keep working. I know I'm paying it forward. Copy and paste... change to the Town where you lived. Lots of good time and Memories. The good ol' days ?? That's the the way I WAS Raised!