No fast food, just slow food, back in the day

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As we get older we find pleasure in hanging on to old memories. A friend relayed some info that brought a smile as well as points of recall of many of my own memories. He stated a youngster triggered these memories when he was asked, “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”
The oldster replied there was no fast food when he was growing up . . . all food was slow.
“Seriously” the youngster said, “Where did you eat.” The gentleman explained, “Mom cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I liked it.”
The gentleman then reported by this time the kid was laughing so hard he wasn’t told about the need to have permission to leave the table.
The gentleman didn’t think the young man could handle any more reports of some of his other childhood memories. But, he continued with a list that looked familiar to of us “seniors.” We were reminded: Some parents never owned their own house, never wore Levis, never set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country, or had a credit card. In later years they had a revolving charge card that was good only at Sears Roebuck. His parents never drove him to soccer practice because they had never heard of soccer. A child had a bicycle that weighed nearly 50 pounds and had only one speed, (slow). There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity.  
Some of our own memories recall our family didn’t have a TV until we were about 10.  We tasted at about the same age our first pizza that was a double crusted hamburger with spicy cheese and red sauce. Pizza was never delivered to our home, but milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and nearly all boys delivered a newspaper. We never had a telephone in our own room and our home had only one phone and that was a “modern dial phone” in the living room. Our own list could continue, but we are sure you can easily add your own special memories.
“Memory delights old age.”

RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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