Mystery Sylver Lining

I found this “poem” in my mother’s kitchen junk drawer.

She said it was a mass-email she received years ago, and held onto it for the memories. She doesn’t know who wrote/sent it, but it’s a great trip down memory lane for at least 3 generations. I’m posting here with a hope for the “poet” to claim it so we can thank him/her for the trip!


Close your eyes & go back…

Before the internet or MAC,

Before semi-automatics & crack.

Before chronic & indo,

Before Sega or SuperNintendo.

Way back…

To the Commodore 64, if you were rich,

I’m talkin’ bout hide-and-go-seek at dusk,

Hot bread and butter,

The ice cream truck.

Doin’ steps,

Red light, green light, 1-2-3,

Pretzel day at school,


Chocolate milk

Lunch tickets

The first time you got on the big swings…

RCK (Run, Catch & Kiss) – OOOOOH!

Penny candy in a brown paper bag,

Playin’ Pacman in the corner store,



Double dutch.

A Chinese rope made from rubber bands,


Kick ball

Stick ball

Dodge ball, y’all

Mother may I?

Rainbow ice cream,

Chinese apples

Candy apples

Apple Jacks

Hoola hoops & sunflower seeds,

10 packs of Kool-Aid for a dollar,

Jolly Ranchers

Blow Pops

Ring pops

What about grape & watermelon Now-Laters??

The water plug (I can’t get wet! All right, well don’t wet my hair!)

The smell of the sun and lickin’ salty lips.


Watching Saturday morning cartoons:

Fat Albert

Road Runner


Josie & the Pussycats

The Three Stooges

Catchin’ lightning bugs in a jar,

Playin’ tops or sling shot.

When around the corner seemed far away and goin’ downtown seemed like goin’ somewhere…


Climbing trees,

Cornrows with beads and foil,

A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers.

Cops & robbers

Cowboys and Indians (we didn’t know the real story back then)…

When you wanted a Schwinn – but only had a Freespirit,

G.I. Joe with the Kung-Fu Grip,

The Cabbage Patch craze??!!

Homemade skateboards,

Sittin’ on the curb

Jumpin’ down the steps

Jumpin’ on the bed

Pillow fights.

Being tickled to death,

Running ‘til you were out of breath,

Laughing so hard your stomach really hurt

Being tired – from playing.

Remember that?

I ain’t finished just yet…

Capn’ Crunch & Fruit Loops came way befo’ Apple Jacks!!

What about going to the candy store (dill pickles with a peppermint stick, mmmm, especially HOT pickles!!

What about crowding in a circle around the after-school fight, then running when the teacher came.

What about the girl who had the big-bubbly handwriting??

Evil Kneivel wind-up motorbikes,

Hot Wheels race car sets,

Big Wheels

Chemistry sets (trying to make explosives and getting purple stuff),

Radio Shack…AM/FM radio kits,

Burning ants with a magnifying glass.

Graham crackers & milk,

Picking wild blackberries,

Putting pennies on railroad tracks and watching them get smashed,

Skipping rocks on a lake,

Tackle football and grass stains,

Last, but not least, Saturday afternoon

“Sooooooooouuuuuulllll Train!”


Your moms made you pick out the switch that you was going to get whipped with,

You used to think that wrestling was real,

The kid who never wanted to play football with the fellas, but chose to jump rope with the girls,

If you acted up, your mother would whip you on the spot – no matter where you were!

Those people who got Jheri curls??!

Mom driving past McDonald’s every time,

“Toughskins” (I had ‘dem joints!),

When you got a hole in your pants, you didn’t get new ones – you got a patch that didn’t match.

Your mom would cook turkey for Thanksgiving and stretch it out for 2 weeks until it was gone,

Eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar,

Jumping people’s fences to pick apples, plums or grapes


The brotha’ that had the best break dancing suits – but couldn’t dance,

Somebody getting into a fight every year at the family reunion,

Throwing rocks at the neighbor’s dog,

How mom burned up the toast, scraped off the black stuff and said, “A little

burnt toast is good for you!”

 Asking your father for something after your mother already said “No!”

You can’t forget…

“I Ain’t Gone Bump No Mo’ Wit’ No Big Fat Woman”

“Double-Dutch Bus coming down the street”

“Clap your hands everybody if you got what it takes, cuz I’m Kurtis Blow and I want you to know that these are the BREAKS!”

Solid Gold (Dionne Warwick, Marilyn McCoo and ARSENIO HALL),

Blade Collars (don’t front),

Going to bed at 9pm.

DISLIKING the opposite sex!

Stretch Armstrong (for the dudes),

Lyte Brite (for the gals),

“Snoopy Come Home” (who all cried?).

There’s more, but hey…

This felt real good just to go back in time for awhile and say…



If anyone knows who wrote this, give up the name!


Sylver Lining Sunday

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