By P2putt Latest Reply 2009-09-07 12:53:25 -0500
Started 2009-07-29 09:36:03 -0500

I remember Mamma. Always at the stove. We didn't eat rich but never hungry. Carbs made up alot our meals.Pasta with almost anything on it from peas,lentles to meat ball sausage,tuna and pork chops. Potatoes,pizza,pizza,fritta,which is fried bread dough, were also on the menu' I remember I would often tell my mom,"I'm still hungry". Dad would say "Eat more bread".I remember when the doors were never locked,you could walk into any neighbors house.Neighbors would look after you and if you were BOLD they would say,"I'm going to tell your mother".I remember kick the can,stick ball,5 cent sodas,penny candy,penny stick pretzles.I remember 10 cent movie tickets,Frank Sinatra,Perry Como,Red Skelton,Ernie Kovac, Sid Ceasar, Imagene Coca,but most of all, I REMEMBER MAMA!

26 replies

Jipwhip 2009-08-24 23:06:56 -0500 Report

Well I remember going to church with my daddy then going to KFC for chicken dinner. Playing hide and seek, red rover and tag until it got dark. I remember when you could buy a candy bar and a coke and still come home with change left over out of a dollar bill. I still miss my dad, he died when I was 17, he was only 42. Heart disease runs in my family.
I used to catch fireflies and put them in old canning jars. Oh what fun that was when I was young.
Time to get the last game of hide-n-seek in.

P2putt 2009-08-25 06:26:58 -0500 Report

I am sure you have many pleasant memories of your youth,Jipwhip. Nice to hear of some,any more?. Pete

imsuzie2 2009-09-02 22:34:34 -0500 Report

Hi Pete and gang.

My memories are not as wonderful as yours, but then they were, if that makes sense. I remember having housekeepers since my mom worked with my dad in his store, and I remember the sound of her walk on his cement floor as she came to answer my phone call but I don't know how old I was. About the age of 10 she got sick and it took several years before they diagnosed the breast cancer. When I turned 16 I got to help in driving her to chemo 3 days a week. Her doctors and staff attended my Sweet 16 party and my sister's wedding, they became family in the years of treatment and doctoring. We spent my 18th birthday with her getting a blood transfusion. but, I also remember my sister (8 yrs older) being stuck dragging me on dates, taking me to the beach (and I would call her mommy if boys were around…if I only knew!) and also my brother taking me to see musical comedies on Sat at the Philharmonic Auditorium and to MacArthur Park and watching the row boats…but it was a simpler time with penny candy I bought at the drug store down the block from the oncologist. I don't remember locked doors either. Thru all that my mom had the best outlook and doctors and patients alike would smile and say "Annie is here", cuz she had a smile on her face, dressed in bright colors and always had a kind word for everyone. I lost her when I was 19, but still have a trash can she had made for me when I was around 13 that has a girls profile and "Suzie" painted on it. No fireflies in LA, but in Chicago, in the summer, when we visited her brothers and sister…
Hugs, Suzie-poo, (as my late daddy would say)

P2putt 2009-09-07 12:53:25 -0500 Report

Hi Suzie Poo. It is nice to hear that you have such fond memories of your dad.He It sounds that you were so special to him.You also must have enjoyed those musicials,plays and movies.Sometime we have to look for the good memories as they are overshadowed by the unpleasant ones. Have a wonderful Labor Day. Pete

DJ 2009-08-24 08:33:11 -0500 Report

Oh the "Good Ole Days"!! The memories come flooding back…I was brought up by my Grand-parents, and the Food that came from Grans kitchen …Oh just the thought of it makes my mouth water..there was canning,sewing,gardening,and of course eating…and everything was homemade..no canned or processed foods..even the butter and milk came from the local dairy fresh made. Apples for apple pie were picked from the tree in our back yard, and everyone pitched in to help with the canning and freezing. My clothes were made at home except for my Sunday School clothes and I only got to wear those once a week..such a special feeling.
We never locked our doors, and everyone knew everyone else…playing games till "the street lights came on", then dashing for home before you got in trouble for being out to late,(think that was like 8:00pm back then). Values were so different,there was respect and simple joys..sure there was money and the grown ups complained that there was never enough of it, just like now..but such a simpler way of life.Ahhhh…Memories!
Thanks for this discussion, I have enjoyed reading each reply and they have brought back wonderful memories.

Sarguillo 2009-08-21 16:04:46 -0500 Report

There is also a movie by this name that was done many years ago. Its from a book written back in the 1800's. I also like the movie,. But this discussion makes me remember that movie. Thanks.

P2putt 2009-08-23 22:13:48 -0500 Report

I hope that movie brings fond memories,Sarg. I did see,as a child,a TV show"I Remember Mama" I believe it was about a Norwiegan family.

Sarguillo 2009-08-24 16:43:06 -0500 Report

Yes, the show was based on the movie, it was black and white. The movie was based on the book. Yes, fond memories. I liked them, but I dont remember ever seeing the show, just the movie.

wolfettia 2009-08-15 13:02:32 -0500 Report

My mom wasn't a diabetic but i lost her when she was 56 and I was 26. She had a major heart attack. THAT'S where I get my heart disease. My Grandmother and all her family were diabetics.
I remember my Daddy taking me to the store and buying me a (sody water)coke, that's what he called it..lol. Way back then you had to drink Tab, was only sugar free pop. and OMG..YUCK. anyway…he'd buy me a little candy once a month.It was called treasure box candy. Was little candy wafer coins in a box that looked like a treasure chest. We'd get home and my Mom would yell at him for that…lol. I also caught lightening bugs, as a matter of fact I had my grandkids for a month this summer and I taught them. Remember playing red rover until dark. We didn't lock our doors either. What memories…Rest in peace moma and daddy, i miss you.

cardlady 2009-07-30 21:13:45 -0500 Report

How neat. My momma was pretty much the same but with southern food instead of Italian.And we always had to clean our plates and if we did not we may be eating supper for breakfast.LOL
I wish they would put some of those "old" shows back on tv and get rid of some of the stuff that is on there now. I remember catching }fir flies" on a summer night and puttting them in a fruit jar and setting the jar on the window sell or make a ring out ot them.
I remember coming home after school and momma would be in the kitchen starting to fix supper or maybe making a dress on the sewing machine. I don't think I wore and store bought clothes except panties till I had to start wearing a bra. LOL
Times sure have changed haven't they?
Sandi aka cardlady

P2putt 2009-07-31 06:43:36 -0500 Report

That is beautiful. I caught fire flies also. I put nail holes in the top so they wouldn't die. I remember my mom darning socks and turning fraid collars around. Thank you for reminding me,Sandi.Take care and join us again soon. Pete

cardlady 2009-07-31 11:15:07 -0500 Report

My mom darned socks also and taught me to turn collars around so they lasted longer.I guess I did not know I missed my younger days so much. I do miss my mom. My father is living in South Carolina.
I am the first person in my family to get diabetes. Been on steroids for a lung condition for many years and it caued the diabetes.
Have a great day,

lipsie 2009-07-30 06:04:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for taking me back to the good ol' days for me as well. Both of my parents are gone too. Thanks for sharing! Sheila

P2putt 2009-07-30 16:16:23 -0500 Report

You all are so welcome. I had a strong feeling that I just had to share. Love as always,Pete

apanda 2009-07-29 17:25:35 -0500 Report

Thanks for the memories! What fun the good old days were huh? :)
I came from a family of 8. Yes, many of our meals were carb loaded too. I swear my mom used to buy potatoes in 25 lb sacks and be buying more the next shopping trip. lol

P2putt 2009-07-30 16:39:35 -0500 Report

You ate potatoes,I ate pasta. You ate ham and cabbage?,I ate pizza. Potatoes/pasta.Ham & cabbage/Pizza,Let's call the calling off-off. I once heard a song that was something like that.

apanda 2009-07-30 16:48:42 -0500 Report

You say potatoes, I say potawtoes…
You say tomatoes, I say tomawtoes..
Potatoes, potawtoes, tomatoes, tomawtoes…
Let's call the whole thing off. ;)

mamaoak 2009-07-29 15:55:55 -0500 Report

oh for the good old days when you had fun real fun things where tight in my house hold as well, but we all ways could have fun good neighbours as well and evryone shared. my saying is money is the root of all evel. you did not hear much about steeling coruption children being hurt you learned to look out for one another respected others and there belongings. oh this industrialy world what a mess dog eat dog world unfortunetly the corepart world money money its a rich mans world and every one is out for them selves. i long for the good old days have lots lovely memories. my dad weekly salery was 25.00 a week.then and a loaf of bread was 25cents going to the movies 15 a candy bar 5 and 10 for a big one a coke 5, 1cent for doublell gum 2 for a grabbag of candy.

P2putt 2009-07-30 16:28:53 -0500 Report

It was a different era. What a golden time.The people gave such a wonderful meaning to the word"Neighborhood".It was certainly grand!!

Ms.B2 2009-07-29 14:42:58 -0500 Report

Oh, Memories are grand. My dad was also a type II diabetic. I never realized what he went through uniil now. He was always my big strong Daddy that was there to pick up the pieces when my heart was broken. He was there to yank me back into reality when I needed it, to give me love and support. I only hope he knew how very much he meant to me. He died two weeks after my twins were born from a brain aneurysm, that was almost 21yrs. ago. I still miss him terribly. I am very grateful I have my Mother. She is 77 suffer's with parkinson's, HBP, and she had to have a pace maker put in two yrs. ago, She is my very best friend. There is nothing I don't share with her or would do for her, my cup runnith over.

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-07-29 15:50:36 -0500 Report

Oh to go back to those days. I miss my parents so much. I miss my mom as I was really close to her.
I remember going to church with her, the store and any
other place she wanted me to go with her. Now my parents are gone and miss and love them so very much.

P2putt 2009-07-30 16:24:17 -0500 Report

Lucie and Dan,it is true. I never knew how much my mother suffered. I was in my early 20's then. She passed away over 45yrs ago. The treatment for any type of diabetes was so elementary. My mother,like all of yours, will be treasured always. Pete

2009-07-29 12:22:30 -0500 Report

Your story reminds me of my parents, both of whom are gone now. Alot of sweet memories that will always keep them alive in my heart.