By Z(ee)

Someone sent me an article the other day and I thought it was cute.  I thought you might like it too.  It’s called “Older than Dirt”.  Here are some of the things that they remember:



I’m older than dirt.

Someone asked the other day, “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?”

‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’
I informed him. ‘All the food was slow.’

‘C’mon, seriously. Where did you eat?’
‘It was a place called ‘at home,’ I explained!
‘Mum 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 did like it. ‘

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn’t tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.

Here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levis, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card…My parents never drove me to school. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow).

We didn’t have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at midnight, after playing the national anthem and a poem about God. It came back on the air at about 6 a.m. and there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local people…I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn’t know weren’t already using the line.Pizzas were not delivered to our home…. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers –my brother delivered a newspaper, six days a week. He had to get up at 6AM every morning.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or most anything offensive.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don’t blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn’t what it used to be, is it?


My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother’s house (she died in December) and he brought me an old Royal Crown Cola bottle. In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea. She thought they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to ‘sprinkle’ clothes with because we didn’t have steam irons. Man, I am old.

How many do you remember?

Head lights dimmer switches on the floor.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards.
Soldering irons you heat on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn signals.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember not the ones you were told about.
Ratings at the bottom.

1. Candy cigarettes
2. Coffee shops with tableside juke boxes
3. Home milk delivery in glass bottles
4. Party lines on the telephone
5. Newsreels before the movie
6. TV test patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning. (there were only 3 channels [if you were fortunate])
7. Peashooters
8. Howdy Doody
9. 45 RPM records
10. Hi-fi’s
11. Metal ice trays with lever
12. Blue flashbulb
13. Cork popguns
14. Studebakers
15. Wash tub wringers

If you remembered 0-3 = You’re still young
If you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If you remembered 7-10 = Don’t tell your age,
If you remembered 11-15 = You’re older than dirt!
I might be older than dirt but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.

Don’t forget to pass this along!! Especially to all your really OLD friends.


I wanted to let you know that if you think you are older than dirt, maybe I’m older than dirt x10. Here are some of the things that I remember:

  • Some families didn’t even have a car.
  • I used to use a party line at my aunt and uncle’s house. They lived in the country outside of Hamilton, so we thought we were the big city cousins because we lived in the big city of Toronto.
  • I remember horses and wagons bringing fruit and vegetables down the main street.
  • I didn’t deliver newspapers, but my brother did, and he hated every minute of it!
  • Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz had to sleep in twin beds in I Love Lucy, even though she was pregnant. You have to use your imagination to figure that one out.
  • The Beatles were a big thing. I remember the neighbourhood park (that we used to hang out in all the time) clearing out quickly so that everyone could get home to watch The Beetles on the Ed Sullivan Show in black and white.
  • I remember The Carol Burnett Show where her costume was made out of draperies for one of the skits in Gone with the Wind. (And if you remember that one too, I know that you are busting a gut right now laughing. :-] )
  • I remember street dances being held weekly and parents never having to worry about kids being lured away from the crowds, never to be heard from or seen again. The most they had to worry about is kids in the bushes kissing. And we were thoroughly threatened about that before we left the house. LOL (See, I can be modern too!)
  • I’m sure you could all come up with a lot of things on your own. :-] Try it. You’ll like it. Or I bet Mikey would try it!
Until next time…