If You Grew Up in Cheektowaga (Or Really, Anywhere in WNY) Read This Facebook Post
This has been floating around the internet on just about anyone's Facebook. At least anyone that is over the age of 40.
I grew up in Cheektowaga , NY!! When I was 2 yrs old the area code was (716) for every phone number. We didn't have designer clothes.Most came from Hills, Ames, Twin Fair. And we wore what our parents bought us.
You thought your parents were rich if you went to Sears or JC Penney's.
Shopping at K-Mart for a blue light special while eating the popcorn and drinking a Cherry Icee was a treat. So was going for ice cream on a hot day!
Riding anywhere in the car with no seat belts or riding in the back of a pick up truck seemed safe at the time. I loved going to drive in movies, usually in our PJ's!! The popcorn in a brown paper bag with so much butter on it you could see it seeping through. 25 cents got you 25 pieces of penny candy
You took your school clothes off as soon as you got home and put on your play clothes. We had to do our homework before being allowed outside to play. We ate dinner at the table as a family.
I walked to school every day. There was no taking or picking you up in the car, unless there was a blizzard lol!
TVs didn’t have remotes, we had to actually get up to change the channel. At some point we did get a remote haha!!!
We played Mother May I, Marco Polo, Hopscotch, Cowboys and Indians, Cops and Robbers, Red Light Green Light, Red Rover, Hide & Seek, Truth or Dare, Tag, Baseball, 4 square, Kick Ball, Dodge Ball, rode bikes, spent the night outside in sleeping bags on the back lawn!
Girls could spend hours playing Barbies or house. Boys played football in the yard.
Staying in the house was a punishment!! Bored??? Ha! I remember my Mom saying..."You better find something to do before I find it for you!" We ate what Mom made for dinner or we ate nothing at all. (We weren’t allowed to leave the table until our plate was clear). There was no bottled water; we drank from the tap or the water hose (hot).
We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, and rode our bikes for hours without a cell phone.We weren't AFRAID OF ANYTHING. If someone had a fight, that's what it was and we were friends again a week later, if not SOONER. We played til dark, sunset was our curfew. School was mandatory and teachers and police were people who you could TRUST and respect. We watched our mouths around our elders because ALL of our Aunties, Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas also disciplined! You didn't want them telling your PARENTS if you misbehaved.
These were the good ole days. I loved my childhood...!!!
Kids these days will never understand how we grew up!!!
Copy & Paste if this is how you grew up!"