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What did we do...?
by Ed Matlack
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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No air conditioning?

Shudders, horrors,

Not even a fan,

Surviving the heat,

Now a momentous feat…


Before technologies discoveries,

The heat was just as unbearable,

Lemonade & iced tea, mom made,

Never way back when, were kids afraid…


No cell phones, no pager,

No appliances so major,

Dinnertime was spent,

Around a table, all were present…


Was it a simpler time then,

Did we profit from prayers & amen,

Dad spoke of work & kids did play,

No talk of killing a bully,

Our parents we did obey…


Kids today have been taught to fear,

Don’t let anyone get too near,

Scream stranger, make it abundantly clear,

Ah, for a better time when spanking,

Was the only reason our children showed a tear…

© ed ~ 7/12/06




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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 7/19/2006
Now that you mention it, what did we do? The heat did not seem to be so bad, nothing seemed really bad and a hip was so light without those darned cell phones! Loved this one, think we'll let our son read it and feel pitty for us (:))
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/13/2006
You make some great points here, Ed. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/13/2006
There was no hole in the ozone back then and less people to breath in our necks....that's why we could survive the heat!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/12/2006
You don't know heat until you spend a summer in AZ. 113 yesterday. Homes aren't built today to take advantage of natures cooling. That's what those high ceilings and north/south elevations were all about. And that myth about dry heat. Ha...its still damn hot when your sneakers sink into asphalt and concrete sidwalks buckle up 5 feet in the air because of expansion. Pool water right now is 99. And cell phones? Don't get me started. Drivers using cell phones. Retards.

Reviewed by Aberjhani 7/12/2006
One of the great relevant questions of the modern age answered with piercing poetic insight and clarity. A great write and read.
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 7/12/2006
good writing ,Ed. Mary
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 7/12/2006
What a memory. This looks exactly like the very old Tybrisa Pavillion
(Tybee Island Georgia)before fire took her down. I remember going under thre to get out of the sun. I can still smell the aroma of cotton candy.
Thank you for taking me there.
Reviewed by Rebecca Burns 7/12/2006
I wish I lived back then sometimes. For my son's sake.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/12/2006
I'm with you two Ed's on this one! I don't care for today's society at all! You can delete it as far as I'm concerned. That goes for Hollywood too, which has made it even worse.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/12/2006
I think we survived just fine in those 'good old days,' and most of my memories from them are very happy ones. For me, bringing those good old days back, even without all our modern conveniences, would be a marvelous thing.
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