A poem to which us baby boomers can relate!

I remember the corned beef of my childhood, And the bread that we cut with a knife, When the children
Nostalgia

I remember the corned beef of my childhood,

And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work, not the wife.
The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy,
And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from a freezer, or shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn’t need money for kicks,
Just a game with their friends up the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

I remember the shop on the corner,
Where biscuits for pennies were sold
Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it….I’m just getting old?
Bathing was done in a wash tub,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mum pressed everyone’s ‘duds’.

I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of
And we hadn’t much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed.

Author, Unknown…

Who else can remember these days?

 

  1. Sue Waters

    I remember the clinking of the bottles, coming up the pathway delivered by the milkman. And the clip clop of the horse pulling the cart down the street in line with the houses milko was delivering to!

  2. Rosemary Miles

    Even as a child if I was given anything with the cream of the milk on it I wouldn’t eat/drink it. To this day I dislike cream!

  3. Sheree Piesse

    Warm school milk put me off it for life. I remember mum heating up the milk for the weetbix and the smell was enough to make me gag lol

  4. Anthony Hall

    I was a Milk Boy back in the early 70s worked 4 nights a week 1am to 5am delivering milk before school

  5. John Steven

    I think it’s a sign of our age when we reflect, lovingly or otherwise, on our childhood. It seems they there was a much stronger sense of value then which more than likely stemmed from our parents going through WWII and our grandparents through WWI. Days when frugality was the norm, recycling, although not a buzz word, was taken for granted and waste was never wasted.

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

    • Tony Strong

      When my town became incorporated and the idea of garbage collection was on the table, an old fellow commented , if you pay him by the piece he will starve to death..lol.lo.. Nothing, but nothing was thrown away because we did not have the packaging and that kind of stuff, back then. pity..that we still don’t… If I have two small bags a week, 90% of it is packaging..

  6. Heather Knight

    We were the last place on the bakers run. Occasionally if we used our manners and he had a half loaf left we could get it for a penny. Really fresh and yummy.

  7. jean  

    I so do good days for sure I’d go back there any time !!

  8. John Steven

    In the winter when the milkman left the bottles by the door the birds, usually tits, used to peck through the foil cap to get to the fatty cream before the milk froze in the bottle. We never had a fridge back then, nor central heating or air-conditioning (in the UK) and bread was kept in an enamel bin. If we were cold we had to put on another jumper but hog the fire and you promptly got side shifted.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • John Steven

      Deborah Drinan Everything is now disposable and certainly not degradable. Plastic bags, we had to take our own shopping bags and baskets, milk bottles were rinsed and put out clean each night, tinned food (not that we used that much) cans were sqashed before going into the bin. Vegeies on the compost, newspapers to make paper logs for the fire starter etc.etc. Strikes me that the lack of frugality has attributed to global pollution of the environment.

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Glenys Calton-McLean

      At least the supermarkets have the biodegradable bags now…not sure how long they take to break down though..and probably cause much damage to bird life etc before they do..Many carry their own bags too..WE are learning at last…

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

    • Judy Chappell

      Can remember the cardboard top before it went to the foil one on the bottle with a thick lip on it..

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