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Drive-In Movies and Station Wagons
by Kimmy Van Kooten

Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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1976 Chevrolet Caprice Classic station wagon
Photo courtesy owner Jim Rives...

Oh the memories...A big thanks goes out to poet Brian Heffron for this inspiring pic, who passed it along from the photographer to Google, to Facebook, to me, to you! TO ENJOY!

Drive-in movies. . . ; pack 'um in!
Mom and dad were kissing if they backed her in!

Jammies on and pillows donned our station wagon,  then . . .
Now the ole' jalopy,  drives,  nonstop,  in moving  memories of when!

When,  off to church,  the two, steering their separate ways . . .  
Dad being Catholic,  with the drive to see us pray!

Back and forth,  to C.C.D.  . . .  
My Catechism blues . . .   "Get back in that house, Missy,  that dress is way too short! "

Uniforms and assigned seating . . .  yup . . .   the little ones in back!
Off to Dorney Park, the zoo. . .  Sunday drives around the block, and back!

I miss our wagon . . . her wood paneling and all!
I remember once my brother drove her. . . tore up our neighbor’s lawn!
And I remember every dent!

I know, I know . . .  Mom wasn't a very good manuever-er when it was moving. . .

She was Protestant! 

Copyright 2010
Kimmy Van Kooten



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/26/2012
Great memories well-shared, Kimmy! Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Richard Orey 2/15/2010
OMG, what memories you bring back, Kimmy!

It was in the mid-1960s when we packed our four kids, popcorn and punch in our Ford station wagon and took off even before dark to one of the local drive-in movie theatres. (All but one are gone now.)
It was a wonderful time that got even better after the two youngest ones dozed off for the evening and the chatting died down.

Next I suppose you'll be bringing us tales about The Lone Ranger!

Thank you for this posting, Kimmy. You make me smile.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 2/12/2010
Sweet nostalgia, well penned and enjoyed.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/12/2010
Love it. Thank you for sharing. J'nia
Reviewed by Andy Turner 2/10/2010
HAHAHA, the last lines a killer.
So there was such a thing as a drive in movie.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/10/2010
OK Missy with the skirt too short, figure this, back from WWII, a second hand 1941 Oldsmobile station wagon (the one with the exterior wooden panels that was called then The Land Yacht) and a growing German shepherd puppy dog that eventually would take all the back section!
Great times those...


Reviewed by Ronald Hull 2/9/2010
I protest... that dent! Station wagons seem to be more versatile than SUVs. After my hands/arms were paralyzed, Dad made me have my date drive our 57 Buick wagon. After the submarine races, she drove into the speaker post--big dent. I drove her home.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/9/2010
What lovely touch...and memories...and that wicked clincher at the end...there used to be a list of the various religious attitudes doing the rounds and I do remember a few: Zen - what is the sound of s..t happening?; Judaism - why does s..t always happen to us? and Protestantism - let s..t happen to someone else...

You made my day!

Reviewed by richard cederberg 2/9/2010
Another goodun KVK!
Protestants are prone to severe mood swings. I was brought up Pentecostal and also nurtured in the Evangelical Free Church. The Pentecostals taught me how to dance and speak in tongues and the Free Church - well - all I remember is Missy in the choir. She was stacked and six years older than me. We used to make out across the street from the church.

Now that was a LaBumba vehicle. An imitation woody that was as heavy as all get out. Rock the Casbah ...
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/9/2010
A beast to drive but hauled a ton, the magic ride to camping fun. Ah, the good old days. Patrick
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/9/2010

How cute and it does make you long for the good ol' days. And yes, being a Catholic at that time was a bit of pain (Been there, done that)

Reviewed by Regina Pounds 2/9/2010
Pure nostalgia! We never had the station wagon experience, but loved the drive-in one!

Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 2/9/2010
Those were the days, and you've certainly brought back lots of memories here. I still look back to those days as very special ones. Nice write.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 2/9/2010
We had the Rambler.
Thanks for the memories!

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/9/2010
Oh my, what a land dad had a Ford wagon that size & we did the same kinds of things, though my MOM didn't drive very much, fortunately...;-) ed
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