Around town - Back home

by Irene Grahek

HELLO...HELLO...HELLO<BR><BR>It's great to be back among all you familiar, friendly faces. I'm still getting organized, trying to remember garbage day (or even what day it is), trying to remember where things go and where to put new items. And the important things such as hair appointments and bridge dates. It gets a little tougher on us "old folks," but as long as we still have the energy, desire and if it's still fun, I guess we'll keep on going.<BR><BR>Returning this year back to Minnesota was a special treat because my 13 year old granddaughter, Morgan Grahek, was chosen from a record number of students (100 to be exact) for a leading role in a school production "Disney's High School Musical" at Plymouth Middle School. <BR><BR>She was "Sharpay," a fiesty gal who wanted the leading role in the school play and went through some antics to get there. She did steal the show with her singing and dancing, and of course, the play had a happy ending.<BR><BR>Please forgive Grandma's brag time, but it brought me back to the days when my children were involved in school plays, concerts and the fun we had. Ah, those "were the days my friends," and it's great to relive them in your grandchildren.<BR><BR>???????????????????????<BR><BR>Going down memory lane and living with senior citizens in a retirement community, we discovered the "kids who survived the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s." In those days, mothers smoked and drank while pregnant, took aspirin, ate tuna from a can, ate blue cheese and didn't get tested for diabetes. <BR><BR>As infants and children, we rode in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. How many of us rode in the back of a pickup truck on warm days?<BR><BR>We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because we were always outside playing. We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, X-Boxes, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound, no personal computers or internet or chat rooms. We had friends outside and found them.<BR><BR>We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in. The idea of mommy and daddy bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law.<BR><BR>These generations have produced some of the best risk takers, problem solvers and inventors ever. In the past 50 years we have had freedom, failure, success and responsibilities and learned to deal with it.<BR><BR>Our kids and grandkids might want to hear about these things, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.<BR><BR>My thanks to many friends who gave me the idea and suggestions for this article.