* When Kool-Aid was the only other drink for kids, other than milk and sodas. * When there were two types of plimsoles for boys. * When boys couldn't wear anything but leather shoes to school. When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up. * When all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table. * When nearly everyone's mother was at home when the kids got there. * When nobody owned a pure-bred dog. * When a 6 pence was a decent allowance, and a shilling a huge bonus. * When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny. * When girls neither dated nor kissed until late secondary school, if then. * When your mother wore nylons that came in two pieces. * When all your teachers wore either ties or had their hair done, everyday. * When you got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked, and petrol pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And you got trading stamps to boot! * When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box. * 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 it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents. * When they threatened to keep kids back a year if they failed--and did! * When being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving pupil at home. * When women were called, "Mrs. John Smith," instead of their own name.