Monday, July 4, 2011

Before We Had TV

                                         I remember with nostalgia
                                         before TV came along
                                         so many things to do
                                         boredom was never a song

                                         We listened to the music
                                          on an old radio
                                          fond melodies I treasure
                                          from days of long ago

                                          On hot summer days
                                          we splashed in the creek
                                          oh how I loved the darkness
                                          and playing hide and seek

                                          I miss those picnics
                                          we all took together
                                          spread out on a blanket
                                          the food tasted better

                                          And those Sunday afternoon trips
                                          on the back of daddy's truck
                                          we never knew our destination
                                          or where we might end up

                                          I loved gathering around the fire
                                          on a cold winter's night
                                          listening to mama read the Bible
                                          and daddy's stories were a delight

                                         Trying to stay occupied
                                         was never a hard chore
                                         back before we had TV
                                         we enjoyed life more

                                       Susie Swanson



  1. Lovely sentiment, Susie. It sometimes seems like spending time with family was more important back then than it is today, I think. I hope you had a nice 4th. :)

  2. Thank you Daisy, I know it was and families did more things together. Hope you had a nice 4th also..Susie

  3. Susie, As I write this we are watching a show about life and music in the fifties...How serendipitous. I remember when we got our first television, the picnics you spoke of, Sunday drive to visit family...aunts, uncles, cousins...Oh yes and hide and seek in the dark! Pot belly coal stoves made the best tasting toast. Oh I could go on and on...Thanks for the trip down memory lane...Enjoyed this so much Susie.

  4. How I agree with you , before we had TV as mum and brother and myself lived with my grandparents we'd all congregate around the piano. Life was more simple and easy going.
    TV is good in some respects but it do take family life away.


  5. Thank you Helena, those times with family were p
    recious. Glad you liked it...

    Thank you Yvonne, I agree, it's ok in moderation. I remember in late years when the power has gone off, we really enjoyed just sitting around and talking or finding things to do as a family, Thanks for stopping by...Susie

  6. Funny thing happened to us on our vacation... We totally quit watching TV... NEVER ever had it on... AND---since coming home, we have only watched it a few times.... Hooray---getting away from the TV Addiction is WONDERFUL....

    Great poem, Susie.

  7. Oh how I do agree with you! TV has become like an intruder in our homes, chattering all the time.

  8. Wonderful poem, Susie!
    We don't watch much tv at our house anymore- there is nothing on but trash and the news gives me a headache! *grin*

  9. I enjoyed your poem, Suzie. I don't ever remember before TV, but we used to do a lot of those things and it was fun.

  10. Thank you all so much, I apprecite the comments and visits..Susie

  11. How wonderful Susie! I love the poem so much. We always had a TV set for as long as I can remember, although we didn't watch it every night. But my Mom would tell me stories of when she was a little girl and how nice it was to gather around the radio. Being bored was never an option when I was growing up either. We did so many things, at night, drew pictures, sewed, listened to music, baked cookies, read book, played with our pets. We listened to our parents and my grandpa tell stories. Then later as I became a teenager, I painted my nails, ironed my clothes for school, helped with chores, listened to my brother play guitar. Every night was restful. Your poem brought back many happy memories! Have a lovely evening ahead, Delisa :)

  12. Thank you Delisa, I was there with you while reading your comments. Life was so much simpler and families spent quality time together.Thanks for stopping by..Blessings, Susie

  13. Susie, take a peek tomorrow at my share. Love your delightful moments to yore!

    TY for your sweet comments about the country church down the road. Only her frame was left.

    Have a beautiful week, Susie.
    TTFN ~

  14. I enjoyed this poem so much, Susie. Have a lovely weekend.

  15. Thank you Marydon for your comments and visit.

    Thank you Mildred, so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the visit..Susie