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  What We Once Had
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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Inspired by Reading

AD Member Joyce Bowling’s

Very Nostalgic and Heartfelt Book,

Kentucky, The Mountains I Call Home



I can still remember a time, now so long ago

And a way of life that to many, was oh so grand

When we human beings lived a much simpler life

And respect for God’s Creation, was still our plan


We all resided in our small towns and big cities

And we all worked very hard, from dawn to dusk

But we loved our homes, and all of our neighbors

It was a time of appreciating life, and one of trust


Sundays were still reserved as a day of Worship

We never bothered to locks our doors each night

Children were very content with the simple things

And just a wondrous walk in the park was a delight


We all still joyously met down at the old corner drugstore

For a very refreshing ice cream soda or an ice-cold lemonade

We all still enjoyed those family barbeques and summer picnics

And gazing out at the deep blue sea under an old umbrella’s shade


We all shopped at those tiny, delightful, mom and pop groceries

And when any of our neighbors were in trouble, we all helped out

At Christmas time, we did what we could to help the less fortunate

And most of us truly appreciated the things we had, without a doubt


Even our extremely loyal and trusting pets were treated with great respect

And on marvelous trips to the countryside, we still revered its many creatures

We all still remembered that everything in Nature had its place and its purpose

And as I sit here recalling all of this now, I really miss that simple life’s features



But I Will Always Remember What We Once Had,

And In My Now Very Nostalgic Heart and Soul,

I Wish We Could All Somehow Reside There Again


But My Heartfelt Thanks To Joyce,

For A Marvelous Trip Down Memory Lane



þ2007, Mr. Ed





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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/12/2007
This change for a reason and although a lot of us are in pain at this moment I truly believe that we will all see a brighter day, sooner then you can think about it :-)
Reviewed by x x (Reader) 7/12/2007
Everything you said is true Mr. Ed, I wonder how we went so wrong. Peace to you.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 7/12/2007
Great Ed
"Good Old Days"
Gone forever
'cept in our most deepest thoughts
Of a better way.
Peace be with you

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 7/12/2007
Always good your thoughts. Lady J
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/12/2007
I, too, Ed, wish we could go back to what we once had. Mankind has destroyed all chance of that up to now: it is up to crusaders like you to change our ways. Well done, this poignant rememberance.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/12/2007
Wish we could go back in time!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/12/2007
Sundays were still reserved as a day of Worship!!!

A right thinking leader would bring that back,
along with Christainity in the schools.

We need a slowr pace as in your nostalgic write.
Great trip down memo lane...

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/12/2007
Makes me hum "There's No Place Like Home", and there certainly was no Time like it, either... not subsequently, anyways... Blessed are you to remember, Dad. And blessed is Joyce's pen to make such a soul-stirring record. Makes me long for... lemonade powder that we used to buy in a huge sweet jar and dilute with water to take jugs into the cornfields at the height of summer... K xx
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/12/2007 reading this again and again my dear friend....a real gem of a n luck....BHUWAN!!
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 7/11/2007
As we grow older, these worlds seem to grow nearer to our minds eye...well done sir.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/11/2007
Well, sir, I remember an entirely different scene, but no matter where we were raised, our childhood will always stand out in our memories...isn't that you running in that picture, you always were a pudgy kid...haha...Ed
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 7/11/2007
Seeems so long ago like the Sunday afternoons with Frazire Thomas in sitting in a wing backed chair holding a book about the movie that going to be shown. Right there in his library. Childhood lazy days. Gone but not yet forgotten. Loved this one Ed.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 7/11/2007
Ed, this writing brought back many glorious days in my childhood...days none of us will ever see again. Days when we could buy a sack of candy for a penny and gas was about eighteen cents a gallon. Days where no one had to worry about allowing their children out to play or fear of being robbed or mugged. Days of unlocked doors and honest neighbors. Oh...Ed, this one opened Pandora's Box of goodies that would be so nice to capture once again. I liked this a lot!
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/11/2007
"Sundays were still reserved as a day of Worship
We never bothered to locks our doors each night"

I remember those days well brother Ed ... WOW, how it has changed in the hearts of Americans. Joyce is a remarkable woman - one whom I respect! Your write reminds me of that old songs lyrics: "Those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end."

This write smacks of Americana at its finest - well done!

Blessings ...
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 7/11/2007
Yet there are still people and places that retain that echo. When we see or experience its flavor, its like heaven on earth. Enjoyed your poem.
Reviewed by D Johnson 7/11/2007
Thanks to each of you for this nostalgic and wonderful walk down memory lane.

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/11/2007
You've touched me deeply with this beautiful poem my friend. When I opened it up and saw the picture my heart made a leap, the coke a cola sign on the side of the store reminded me so much of my mamaw's store...I think those signs are the reason that I love to collect coke a cola memorabilia, allows me to hold on to a little bit of the past. Can't express my gratitude enough for buying my book, taking the time to read it, for your wonderful review on amazon, and this sincere and heartfelt write. Those were the good ole days. Days when we appreciated each other and the simple things in life, days of a love for nature, and respect for God, days that are dissolving before our very eyes and for what! Progress? Give me the good ole days...I'll take them anytime. Again, thank you for your wonderful write, I feel honored and touched!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 7/11/2007
Not withstanading modern ideas, I still try to live that type of life. Victor
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/11/2007
Love this write-sounds like a wonderful read-thanks-i have just moved to a very small town myself and hope to re-capture some of that nostalgia
Reviewed by Tiana Jett (Reader) 7/11/2007
Thank you for trip down Memory Lane, Ed ... How I miss those good ol' dayz! Beautifully written sweet friend ... warm hugs - Tiana

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