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Back In The Day
by Stanley E Alston
Monday, December 08, 2008
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Back in the Day

We had one house  
Seven children and two adults who occupied four bedrooms and two baths
We had it pretty good.  Back in the day – would ya say?
    Back in the Day
 We had one TV 3 channels and news at six for the house to view 
 And there was never an argument
 Or voices raised under Momma’s watch
But if things got loud – you could expect Daddys loving leather feather to smooth your thoughts for the next time around back in the day.

You see, back in the day; it wasn’t what the judge says
But Daddy’s way or the highway.
    Back in the Day
 We knew who Santa was
 Because there was no Claus to or who did what for whom
    Back in the day
 Daddy worked everyday, thru winter storms, and brutal summer days
And there wasn’t a cell phone to roam or prone his where abouts. Home everyday there ain’t no doubt
    Back in the day we had one car
 That fit all, and no one, was to fat to skinny or tall.
 I was a lap baby and always sat next to the window
No AC you see, but for me.
Made it easy for me, when we stopped for ice cream, or penny candy
You see back in the day there was always plenty to eat
Cause you never waste a thing or got up from your seat.  Till it was all gone?

    Back in the day, I wore jack percels or whatever we could afford
I really didn't care what others thought.

    Back in the day we had one washer, no dryer, one refrigerator, no freezer.
One tie, one suit, one pair of dress shoes, and we never beg, borrow, or sang the blues.

Back in the day on Sunday you went to Sunday school.  To learn about decency
A man named Jesus and God’s rule.
   Back in the day is now, but God said I will never leave you
Nor forsake you as we stood together Back in the day.






















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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/26/2014
You do bring back memories for me, Stanley. We were seven children and two adult with three bedrooms and the toilet was outside. The bathroom had a tub (no running water) that would be filled with rain water (or water from a dugout) in summer and melted snow in winter. We had no TV but we did have a radio. Yes. You do bring back memories. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Barbara Henry 4/18/2012
Wonderful poem that really recounts exactly how it was(and perhaps should be now)'back in the day.'
This one is right on the money.
Continued success
Barbara J. Henry
Reviewed by randy smith 2/22/2009
Stanley, I loved the old days and the old ways, so poor, but so rich!
thanks. randy
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 12/8/2008
Wonderful poem Stanley. Words of wisdom abound throughout. Too bad about all the <br>s. Maybe you can edit it?
Reviewed by Linda Law 12/8/2008
Stanley... this is such a poignant posting... I love it.. Brought back many memories, of the times when life was tough but simple...not so many choices, and not so many ways to let kids go wild with no respect. Really well written... sure miss "Back in The Day"....lindalaw
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