Friday, April 04, 2008

Memories

Saying for the day: Leftovers in their less visible form are called memories. Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart. ~Thomas Fuller

My friend Ralph forwarded this to me and I thought I would share it.
A trip down "Memory Lane."
Subject: In The Land That Made MeLong ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocence, and they were you and me,

For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.

We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn.

We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no ones seen him since.
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We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee'
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me Me.

Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.

And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me Me.

We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice.

We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me Me.

Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.

We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T ,
And Oprah couldn't talk, yet, in the Land That Made Me Me.

We had our share of heroes, we never thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.

For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me Me.

We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson, and Zeppelins were not Led.

And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was a virgin in the Land That Made Me Me.

We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they weren't grown in jars.

And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and 'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never coed in the Land That Made Me Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.

And Hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me Me.

Buick's came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me Me.

We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for condoms in the Land That Made Me Me.

There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill.

And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
A nd ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me Me.

But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.

They send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me Me.

So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.

And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me Me.

#### News from Pigeon Falls-The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal. Petrovich posted Driblet Number 172 yesterday. Here is his translation;
I stood in the City of the Birds in the midst of a terrible storm. Rain came. Wind blew. People were afraid.
An old woman was about to give birth. She was afraid.
She wanted to go to the city but they took her not.
She cries.
I can’t stand the crying. She must stop.
A midwife comes.
It is too late to go to the city.
The storm makes the road impassable.
She cries more.
I can’t stand the crying.It echoes in the wind.
The baby comes. The mid wife lays it in the crib but there is another coming.
Still she cries but now she screams.
I can’t stand it.
The baby comes. It is like the first but not like the first.
I see that one is destined to torment the other.
I scream.
I know not why I am screaming.
One child is destined to be a great leader. I have seen its future.
The future of the other is dark and cloudy.
I scream.
I awaken. The dream is over.
******

Today's Link-Kill the Goat- A scary look at addiction.
Very busy day. In the morning we worked in the basement. We are on the last steps and everything not on a shelf had to be placed in a category . The categories were eBay, Freecycle, Good Will, garbage, shelf, or take to Pennie's. S0 much junk. In the afternoon Betty took the dog for a walk and I visited all my links. Then it was back to the basement We got a great deal done. Now I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

7 Comments:

Blogger Janvangogh said...

I think that the McGregors are going to discover that they are related to Gregnicoff. They have the Greg part in common. Their relatives must have gotten on the Scottish boat instead of the Russian boat when they came to America and some INS official made the name change.

5:55 AM  
Blogger P.S. an after-thought said...

That picture is so small town Minnesota and Wisconsin. Amazing.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

43 was old? I'm 43! Maybe my generation hasn't messed everything up since that's now the prime of life.

(Actually, my grandmother was 46 or so when I was born and I have to admit I don't remember her as anything but a white-haired old lady.)

7:45 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Jacob & Esau?

11:27 AM  
OpenID katcampbell said...

"Middle age was 35" that's the best part of the times we're living in now. Middle age is getting closer and closer to 50.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

43 was old? Thats harsh! But still a great poem!

3:48 PM  
Blogger Casdok said...

Again i love your choice of quote.
Off to check out Kill the goat. Thank you!

11:32 PM  

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