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Simpler days are not so simple anymore

I was just thinking about how life was so much simpler during the time we grew up. I would love to go back to those days.

The generations currently in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond had it “made in the shade.” Where are the times when your mom would send you outside to play and tell you to come home when it started to get dark? Sometimes we would get a snack, and maybe a sandwich in a bag, but we played outside all day.

We drank from the water hose. We made mud pies. I even had some friends that would eat them. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It must have been the texture thing for me.

We rode bikes all through the town, and went for hikes in the woods around us.

We played marbles and several games with the neighborhood kids — games like red light, green light, one, two, three. Do you remember red rover, red rover? We would play hide-n-seek for sure.

Do today’s kids even know how to play any of these cool games?

The telephone was was on the wall of your house. We didn’t even have a cordless in my house back then. The cord may reach all around the house but it was connected.

How did we survive without phones in our cars or pockets? And yet we did great.

How many remember pay phones? I know a number of times I used them to call home and check in.

Kids these days don’t have a clue what a payphone is or how to use one.

We didn’t have video games to keep us in the house, And our TV only had about 3 to 4 channels. We had aluminum foil on the rabbit ears (antenna) to get the channels to come in. We also had to get up to change the channels.
Now everywhere you go a kid has a phone or an ipad in their hands, watching or playing something. You can’t go in a restaurant without seeing little kids having them.

“Well, they keep them quiet,” they say.

Well, we learned early on you don’t act up or you got something for acting up.

I know life has changed. We don’t do many of these things anymore. “Our kids should be able to express themselves no matter what,” some say. Maybe we should get back to our roots and follow them again.

What does the Bible say?

One, “Honor your mother and father.” Another is, “Spare the rod. Spoil the child.”

Maybe it is time to get those kids back outside and get some Vitamin D in their systems. An even better idea would be to spend some time out with them without your phone.

Maybe kids are looking for a little time without being interrupted by phones etc. We need to get in touch with things used to be. Let’s bring back some great memories, or make some great memories your kids will cherish for the rest of their lives.

A cake that will keep them talking

Chocolate Turtle Poke Cake
1 chocolate cake mix, prepared according to package instructions
1 cup caramel syrup
1 (16 oz) can store bought chocolate frosting
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Caramel to drizzle on top of the cake


Bake cake according to package instructions. Let cool for 10 minutes. Punch holes in top of cake using the handle of a wooden spoon.

Pour caramel over the top of cake. Spread to make sure it gets into all of the holes. Let cool completely. Frost cake with chocolate frosting. Add nuts and chocolate chips on top. Drizzle with caramel syrup. Slice and serve. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 5 days