Mostly for South Africans

I got sent this via email and posted it here as a reminder 🙂  I don’t know the author but thanks anyway.  It made me laugh, hopefully you’ll enjoy it too.

Do you remember yesteryear?

I’m talking about the time of….

Hide and Seek in the park…or the dark…or anywhere. -remember aan-aan or on-on for the English ppl

The cafe down the road, Hokkies, Donkey, skipping and handstands, backyard cricket with a tomato box, Kennetjie Housie-housie, 5 stones, jumping the river, building a swing from a piece of rope tied to a tree, tennis on the street or swing ball in the backyard.

Remember when there was a season for everything, before playstations and cartoon networks, computers…
The sound of the fish or fruit & veg vendor in his van.
Wicks bubble gum for a cent! Chappies, Rollerskates, BMX, go-carts (vaantjies)…

Wait, can you still remember…

Getting up at 3 in the morning, sitting under a blanket at the back of a bakkie to spend the day at Wolwekloof/Sonesta/Kogels baai, Antoniesvlei?
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like going somewhere, and your ma made you “dress up” for the trip.
Going to Cape Town to do Christmas shopping.
When you go to Cape Town you had to visit the gardens

Peeling skin in summer. Sticky fingers and sand in and on everything & getting stung by a blue bottle (ouch)

Cowboys and Crooks, Rover, Stingers, Slides & climbing trees.
Bok-bok, marbles, yo-yo’s, tops, lyntjie…10 Hocks (remember the Am I – No, Am I – No)

Walking or riding your bike to school – no matter what the weather!
Walking home and spending the bus fare.
Running till you were out of breath. – the thought of that brings back memories

Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.

Jumping on the bed….. Pillow fights. – can u remember a bomalakiesie

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down.

Being tired from playing… Remember that? -wish I could go back

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.

Paper water bombs and clay “lats” were the ultimate weapon.

A piece of card in the spokes held by a clothes peg transformed any bicycle into a motorcycle. – or a guava juice bottle

I’m not finished just yet……

Can you still taste and smell… eating jelly suckers, Surfjoy, Jillybillies… -don’t forget Chocolina’s, appel bompies (till u cough your lungs out)

Ice lollies made from cold drink in Tupperware holders in the freezer. – I remember making them in the empty yoghurt cups.

Licking the spoon when cakes were baked………. (I always got the spoon)

Camping in a tent (with no electricity) was not an option.

Marshmallow fish and mice. – Naame lekkers

Remember when…
There were two types of takkies – North Star and the canvas ones,  and the only time you wore them at school, was for “PT” in your white shorts & all. Or only weekends then it get put back in the box for next weekend.

Man from Atlantis, CHIPS, Oscar & Knersus, K-OO-S, Springbok Radio.

Shanana, Startrek, A team, Airwolf, Knight Rider… ZET, feather foot farm, MORF – hey what about McGuyver

It wasn’t odd to have two or three “best” friends.and you knew everyone in the road, even the next.

Nobody owned a pedigree dog!- That’s right

(en almal se hond se naam was either Blackie, Chico , Spots, Killer (dan is killer so maar), Lassie, Fluffy, Brakenjan, Sheeba, Tiger.)

25 cents was decent pocket money.

When you’d reach into a ‘slootjie’ for 5 cents and felt lucky. – and made a cross on the spot.

When nearly everyone’s mom was at home when the kids got there, and you could get a hiding from any of them!  And you got another if you went crying to your mom!!!

Remember how we used to catch tadpoles in the canal & not worry about the germs we might pick up?

When it was considered a great privilege and very unusual to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant or in a proper hotel.

Remember when it was an outing to go to Spur. (woooooooooowwwwwww)

When watching spaghetti westerns or karate movie in the art room on a Friday afternoon was the highlight of the week?  And trying the moves out when the movie was done!!!

Or when on the rare occasion your father bought Kentucky ?

Remember how we used to lie on the grass & eat vrietangs & sierangs?  The reason why they tasted so sour was because dogs use to pee on them…(that was what we were told)

Remember when any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to carry groceries and nobody,  not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When being sent to the head master’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn’t because of muggings, drugs, gangs, etc..
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat….and some of us are still afraid of them!!!

Didn’t that feel good…..just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!

Remember when…. Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo.”

Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, “Nix!”

A “race issue” meant arguing about who ran the fastest.

Money was handled by whoever was the banker in “Monopoly”

Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a BIC pen pea shooter or a “kettie”.

Taking drugs meant orange-flavoured chewable vitamin C, Milk of Magnesia or a spoonful of castor oil.

Ice cream was considered a basic food group.

Skills and courage were discovered because of a “dare”.

Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.

If you can remember most or all of these, then….


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