One of the perks of being older is that we can remember all of the fads, fashion, hair styles, and music as it was happening! Here are a few I remember: the ’50’s.. poodle skirts, bobby socks, black and white saddle oxfords, penny loafers, pony tails, can-can slips starched so stiff you could barely get thru the door, much less your desk at school! And of course, there was ELVIS! Also, remember the “bop”, the “mashed potato”, the “monster mash”, the “pony”, “the stroll”, the “twist”, “the jerk” and the “limbo” just to name a few. the 60’s.. Then came the “hippie” era. People walking around with a dazed look in their eye wearing headbands and handing you flowers.
Volkswagen vans painted all over with bright colors. Psychedelic music, Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, the Beatles, and Tom Jones. We laid our hair on the ironing board and ironed it straight. It’s a miracle it wasn’t still stuck to the ironing board when we raised up! Oh, and lets not forget “go-go” boots and “Twiggy”! What about the original “Woodstock”? Those were also tumultuous times. Drugs, draft card burning, riots, and the Vietnam war. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I remember it all too well. The ‘70’s.. were probably the best time of all for me. I married the love of my life and we celebrated our 43rd anniversary this year. Our daughter and son were born during that time and they have been the “light of our lives”. Now we have 3 wonderful grandchildren, (two boys and a girl) and we are so proud of them! The ‘70’s brought in a lot of changes also. Mini skirts, hot pants, midriff tops, and bell bottom pants! I wish I had saved all of my bell bottom jeans! There’s no way I could squeeze into them now, but I could make a killing selling those “vintage jeans” on Ebay! In my opinion, some of the best music came out during that time. There was “Creedence”, “The Doobie Brothers”, “ The Eagles”, “The BG’s”, and James Taylor. Of course, there was Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and the list goes on and on. Those were fun times!
The ‘80’s and ‘90’s for many of us were spent working full time, raising our kids, carpooling, and going back and forth to school functions. I was watching my parents age, and trying to come to grips with the fact that I will lose them soon. It is a hard thing to face, because your parents have always been there…you have never known what it is like to be without them. I lost my mother and dad two months apart in 1999. I know that everyone’s situation is different. I would love to hear your comments on this post, what you have observed over the years, and how you feel now. We all have one thing in common….we were there!