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' n|lmmunulmJl mmn,umnunm HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009 7 Just A Thought Those were th good old days By RICKKRAFT mile to the Saturday matinee While relaxing On a quiet movie and sit in the front row. We family weekend in the mountains, would stop to pick up a penny on I found myself reminiscing about the ground The biggest meal of the world that I spent my youth the week was the ~3unday dinner in. Then I got to thinking about my children~ and the world that they are living in today. I re- alized that my chil- dren are missing out on life as I enjoyed it growing up. Things that I looked forward to, my children don't even know existed. My children are liv- ing each year of their life three decades be- Rick hind mine. Things sure have changed in just one generation. Those were the days. When we heard the music playing through our neighbor- hood, we would chase down the ice cream truck to buy a special treat. We used to park our station wagon backwards at the drive in theater and watch a double fea- ture wrapped in blankets in the cold night air, eating snacks that we broughl fromhome. Fun would be saving our allowance fgr weeks in a piggy bank then going to the corner drugstore to buy a new toy for fifty cents. At family gatherings we would Work together taking turns hand cranking the home made ice cream maker and, having all helped, it tasted sweeter. We trav- eled across the country on Route 66 in our new Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser station wagon with tinted windows in the roof. We would gather togeiher as a family and watch Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color while we ate pop- corn and sandwiches. We would share a box of candy cigarettes. I Would pick UP an Archie's comic or a MAD magazine while my mother was shopping. : We would spend hours try- ing to get the Slinky to go all the way down the stairway. After playing hard outside we would grab a cold glass of water and enjoy watching "tizzies" bubble in a drink that was more fun to watch than to drink. All of my friend's moms drove us around in station wagons. We would buy a pack of baseball cards for a dime, that room put in the oven in the morning before we left for church. We walked our neighborhood on Halloween receiving candy from people whose names we knew and not worrying about anything that was put in our bag, wrapped or un- wrapped. Eating out was a special treat and was the Kraft exception, not the rule. We spent our free time outdoors playing games like "kick the can" and "hide and seek." We listened to records that would turn at 33 or 45 rotations per minute as we sang to songs by the Beatles argl the Monkees, Saturday mornings were TV mornings with Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote try- ing to catch the Roadrunner. We didn't have to worry about what movies were rated; the use of a single word such as "damn" caused a stir. We made ice cubes in metal trays. We could get a burger for a quarter at McDonalds back when their signs still counted the num- ber of burgers they had served. A treat would be those wax bottle shaped candies with color sugar water inside them. Church pot-' luck dinners and tent revivals were regular happenings. Our family would gather each evening and share dinner with Dad at one end of the table, Mom at the other, and us kids lining both sides. We would'plan our week around a showing on TV of "The Wizard of Oz." or "The Sound of Music." We all wore PF Flyers so we could run faster and jump higher, We would pour over the S&H Green Stamp 'catalogue to find some- thing to buy that everyone could agree on. Our telephone numbers started with letter prefixes. We all want a better world for our children than we had when we were their age. I wonder if this is possible. Technology has "ad- vanced" society. Or has it?\Today our children expect to be enter- tained by 100 television stations, chew the stick of bubble gum, and countless video games, comput- ers and the internet We are able with the help of a clothespin we ,. ., - ou ard~ tn make, nur togive our children more yet they w__ld use the c ..................... ~, ...... bikes snnnd like rnc~tarevelo~ Wo appreciate it less. What Used to would get frustrated when we be privileges for us as children couldn't find the roller skate key. now are seen as rights. And what We had to be careful which direction we bounced our "superball" because we knew that the second bourfce would alvcays be the highest. We could buy a matchbox car and get change back from a dollar. We would pack full the pouch on the front of our Stingray bikes and throw newspapers onto customer's porches. We would then go door to door without fear to collect the monthly Subscription fees. We bought soft drinks in bottles and saved the bottles so that we could get back the dime deposit. We would walk a half E*--! Cottage House 575,542,8880 will the world be like for our children's children thirty years from now? Are we teaching our children to value their youth? My challenge to you today is to take time to reminisce. Ap- preciate the things that you had growing up. And pass down to the next generations what your world was like. Sit at the family dinner table or in front of a warm fire and share with your children or your grandchildren what your world was like when you were a child. Better yet, videotape yourself tell- ing your memories. Today's youth can then pass your experi- ence on to the generation after theirs. I think that I will go kick off my shoes and lay down in a hammockand reminisce some .more. Yes. those were the good old days. Just some thoughts...Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a pub- lished author, and an attorney who lives in the present for the future, but does occasionally take time to retain isce. . To sub- mit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, corn mailto:thekraftlawfirm@aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. I r I II I III II I II There are 1005 tO send flowers... help all of them! Courtesy submission Jacob Esquivel, Hondo Estrada, Johnny Plowman and Raymond Saucedo success- fully defended their Gus Macker championship title this past weekend in Las Cruces. The foursome finished the tournament 8-1 over the hot April weekend. The Mavs de- feated three Las Cruces teams on Saturday. On Sunday, they met up with the E1 Paso team that de- feated them just weeks before in the Southwest Shootout. Once again, E1 Paso got the best of them and sent the lo- cals into the losers' bracket. The All Raymond Saucedo Courtesy photos win. Gus Mack for second year in The long path back to the championship game included two wins over Silver City teams, as , well as two wins against Las Cruces teams. The 19-bracket championship game was set against U0rdsburg and E1 Paso. This time around the Mavs were able to get past E1 Paso 17- ,15, but had to beat the team again for the title. Once again; the Mavs did, 15-11, to claim their second strai~ght Gus Macker champion- ship. Numerous teams from Lordsburg made the road trip to compete in the 2009 Gus Macker Tournament. A few of thoseteams are pictured on this page. row COach Rodney Plowman encourages the Mavs. !i Ask us about, our ' 1'0 Fr'ee Delivery in I:?r41 . MO1EL DRIVE IN LORDbBURG t v -'1 542-8880 Stars, coached by Benjie Chavez Alysha Marquez Johnny Plowman Javier Dominguez Lady Mavs Madonna Bustillos, Serena Sanders, Alisha Gonzales and Alysha Marquez 45th Annual Meeting Saturday May 2, 2009 Animas School Cafetorium Animas, New Mexico Registration: 12:00 (noon) New Mexico Time Meeting: 1:00 p.m. New Mexico Time Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Members Meeting Volley Telephone Cooperative, fnc, wilt make necessory ?'ovisions for onyone wth disobilities, Pleose colf 800-421-5711 to moke arrangements, by Wednesday, April 22nd. I,