I miss many great things that have gone obsolete by now and a lot of them many, many years ago.
For example, I miss my mother’s wonderful chocolate cake with white frosting…She was a wonderful cook and could make a super meal with very little to start with. For example, home made ice cream (we all helped in that)–she made the special beginning sweet heavy cream combination and we put in the ice cream freezer (that’s what we called it) and turned the crank on the round little freezer (they are done with electrical motors now–no exercise!!).
Another thing I miss and this is very, very important was the unbelievably inexpensive gasoline…. It ordinarily went for about 21 cents a gallon, but in a cost war between gas stations it could drop to as little as 18 cents per gallon. So when I was only about 10 years old and my brother, Ron, was 5 years old and my sister Kaye was only four years old. Dad and Mom bundled us into the old yellow Dodge we had and took off for places unknown. Dad liked to start out not knowing where we were going and just started driving
For example, on our first trip he decided to go north and after a couple of hours of driving and consulting maps with exciting stops, he decided to go to Niagra Falls which is right next to Buffalo, New York (also an interesting city to drive around in and take in the sights).
At Niagra Falls we crossed into Canada (no checkpoint then–by the way, I am 72 now and on that trip I was 10, so that was 62 years ago (man, how time flies!!). So we went on this long trip all the way to Montreal, Canada and actually spent over three days there seeing the French-style buildings and eating the French food (absolutely wonderful!!).
As I remember it, Dad only took 200 dollars with us on the,. what turned out to be a three week vacation, and he told me that he had $45.12 left at the end.
Another thing that I miss a whole lot, is the feeling when we got sight of our house in the hamlet of Littles Corners in north western Pennsylvania. We pulled into the driveway and jumped out of the car, and ran into the house. It was so great to back in our house. We loved it.
I could go on and on and on and on and on about the things that are now obsolete.
But that’s enough I believe…
How about you all, what do you think????
H. Richard Phelan
Rockledge, Florida 32955
July 3, 2015