Growing up in Ireland
As submitted by ex-pat Liam Daly
I`m talking about Hide and Seek in the park, the shop down the road, Hopscotch, Donkey, Skipping, Handstands, stuck in the mud, football with an old can, Dandy, Beano, Twinkle and Roly Poly, Hula Hoops, Jumping the stream, building a swing with a tyre and a piece of rope tied to a tree, building a tree-house, climbing onto roofs, tennis on the street, the smell of the sun and fresh cut grass.
Hubba Bubba bubble gum and 2p frogs, macaroon bars and woppas, 3p refreshers and Wham bars, superhero chewing gum, golfball chewing gum and liquorice whips, Desperate Dan and Roy of the Rovers, sherbit dips and Mr. Freezes, Marathon bars and everlasting gobstoppers. An ice cream cone on a warm summer night from the van that plays a tune, chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe neopoliton.
Wait…there`s more…watching Sunday morning cartoons, short commercials, Battle of the planets, Road Runner, He-man, Swapshop and Why don`t you, Transformers, How do you do , Bosco(Sandy), Forty coats, The littlest hobo and Lassie, Chucklevision, the Muppet Show, MacIvor, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Little house on the prairie, Highway to Heavon or staying up for Knight Rider and Magnum PI.
When around the corner seemed far away and going to town seemed like going somewhere
A million mimidget bites, sticky fingers and mud all over you, knee pads on your jeans, Cops and robbers, Rounders, Tip the can, Queenie-I-O, climbing trees, Spin the bottle, building igloos out of snow banks, walking to school no matter what the weather, running till you were out of breath, laughing so hard that your stomach hurt, jumping on the bed, pillow fights, spinning round, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles, being tired from playing…remember that?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
Football cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
Don`t forget the Marietta sandwiches we made by buttering a cupla Marietta biscuits and sticking them together and that quare ould mixture made in a tall glass with HB ice cream and Taylor Keith red lemonade.
I`m not finished just yet…
Eating raw jelly, orange squash ice pops.
Remember when… there were only two types of sneakers-girls and boys- and the only time you wore them was at school for “PE”, GOLA football boots and Dunlop Green Flash.
It wasn`t odd to have two or three “best”friends, when nobody owned a pure bred dog, when 25p was decent pocket money, when you`d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny, when nearly everyone`s mum was home when the kids got there, when it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to a real restaurant with your parents.
When any parent could discipline any kid or use him to carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought anything of it.
When being sent to the heads office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home, basically we were in fear of our lives but it wasn`t because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc., our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat, and some of us are still afraid of them!!!
Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo” Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming “do over”
“Race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest, money issues were handled by whoever was banker in Monoply, the game of life and connect four, Atari 2600`s and Commadore 64`s. The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs, it was unbelievable that red rover wasn`t an Olympic event.
Having a weapon at school meant being caught with a biro barrel pea shooter or an elastic band. Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better, taking drugs meant orange flavoured chewable vitamins, ice cream was considered a basic food group
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true, abilities were discovered because of “double dare”, older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest defenders.
If you can remember most or all of this, then you have LIVED!!!! Pass it on to anyone who needs a break from their “grown up”life.
I DOUBLE DARE YA!!! Bagsy it, no returns and no magical changes.