Growing up in a small town in Southern New Jersey

Thursday, August 27, 2015


I often wish I could go back to Runnemede and live again like I lived in the 40s, 50s, and early 60s. 

Nostalgia gets me sometimes.  Then I think of all the things that have been invented in my lifetime that have been life-savers, sort of.

Pantyhose -- never did like pantyhose.  I preferred the stockings that had to be held up with a garter belt, but then garter belts disappeared for about 40 years, and the old ones didn't fit any more (you know, weight gain), so I was forced to wear pantyhose.  The conundrum was:  Should I also wear panties with pantyhose?  I always did, and add a girdle to that.  You see where I'm coming from.  Girdles used to be outfitted with hooks for stockings.  The hooks also disappeared form girdles. 

Microwave oven -- best update in my kitchen.  I microwave veggies, cold coffee, water (to a boil), and other things I can't think of right now.

Computers -- from early Apples to very fast laptops to Kindles (which are the best because I love to read).

Smart phones -- I'm too dumb to figure out most of the stuff they provide.

Cheap phone prices -- used to be that a long-distance call could run up to $25 in 10 minutes. 

Digital cameras -- you have to love them.  And if we had had them when I was loving my sweetheart from afar, we could have exchanged pictures and for nothing but the cost of the camera.  We still have Alan's very expensive Nikon, and his father's older German camera -- the brand name escapes me.  Dad did all his own developing.  Pictures were expensive if you were living on $1 per hour which was the minimum wage back in the 60s.

The nostalgia is not how things have changed, however.  I think of the girlfriends, the boys in my classes (could I call them friends -- they weren't boyfriends, but they were boy friends).  Runnemede has changed some, but not a whole lot.  Oh the stores are under different ownership, some stores have disappeared altogether, but the main street -- the Pike -- is still the same, just more congested.

I will be going back for my 55th high school reunion next September.  I can't wait.  I hope I am mobile enough to take some pictures of the town. 

Happy memories.

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