I Remember Boca!
Some works and words from alumni...
Close your eyes, and go back...
Before the Internet or the MAC,
Before semi-automatics and crack.
Before chronic and indo;
Before SEGA or Super Nintendo.
I'm talking about hide and go seek at dusk. Sitting on the porch,
hot bread and butter.
Eating a 'super-dooper sandwich' (Dagwood)
Red light! Green light!!
Chocolate milk. Lunch tickets.
Penny candy in a brown paper bag.
Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, Jacks, kickball,
dodgeball, y'all! Mother, May I?
Hula Hoops and Sunflower Seeds, Jaw breakers, Blowpops,
Running through the sprinkler!!
I can't get wet! All right; well, don't wet my hair!
The smell of the sun and lickin' salty lips... Wait!
Catching lightening bugs in a jar.
Playing sling shot and Red Rover.
When around the corner seemed far away, going downtown
seemed like going somewhere.
Bedtime, Climbing trees, a million mosquito bites and sticky fingers,
Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Sitting on the curb.
Jumping down the steps, Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights. Being
tickled to death;
Running 'til you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your
stomach hurt!! Being tired from playing.... Remember that?
I'm not finished just yet . . .
What about the girl that had the big bubbly handwriting?
Licking the beaters when your mother made a cake.
Didn't that feel good? just to go back and say,
"Yeah, I remember that!"
When there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys
(Keds & PF Flyers),and the only time you wore them at school
was for "gym."
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids
When nobody owned a pure breed dog.
When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter
a huge bonus.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.
When your mom (go way back - or YOU) wore nylons that
came in two pieces.
When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers
had their hair done, everyday.
When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and
gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time.
And, you didn't pay for air.
And, you got trading stamps to boot!
When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels
hidden inside the box.
When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use
him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought
a thing of it.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents.
When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed...
and they did!
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared
to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of
drive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Disapproval of our parents and grandparents was a much
If you can remember any of these things, I smile with you.
Pass this on to people you care about, it will make them smile
This is not exactly Boca, however, a lot of you out there can associate with it. This was
recently mailed to me, and I assume, it has made it's rounds out there in cyberspace!