- 4/6/2009 <--Prev : Next-->
REMEMBER YOUR CHILDHOOD ?
Let's reminisce my friends.
I thank God that I had such a wonderful childhood in such a beautiful country..
Close your eyes... and go back in time...............
When milk and newspaper were delivered to your back door.
Doctors would be too happy to visit you at home at 2 am, not only that
they became personal friends.
Petrol cost 4/3d a gallon.
The "hot dog stall" near Bogies clock in Gwelo served the best burgers in town.
I'm talking about the time of Drive In cinema's, Hide and Seek in the
park or the dark.
The garage down the road, the Gremlin, Palace Cinema.
Mom dropped you for morning matinee for 1/3d of Tarzan, Batman and
Robin and swapping comics too.
And Nicks Café, Mermaids Pool, Dandy & Beano annuals,
French skipping, swimming till your feet went wrinkly,
Jumping the river, building a swing from a piece of rope tied to a
tree, tennis on the street or picnics
in the backyard when Guy Fawks was cool.
The smell of suntan lotion, hot tar and Mazoe Orange Juice.
Dandy bubble gum for a cent, an ice cream from the Dairy Den on the corner.
How about CARLO and Stingers,open gates and snakey snakey with an old
tyre tube and a piece of string. or stingers and catties. WOW
Wait, can you still remember...........
When around the corner seemed far away and going into town seemed like
and your mother made you "dress up" for the trip.
A million mozzie bites and peeling skin in Summer,
Sticky fingers and sand in and on everything. Wag 'n bikkies, Hitting
the Bezant tin & climbing trees.
Walking or riding your bike to school & friend's houses - no matter
what the weather and playing in puddles
Playing in the Makabuzi was such fun, but the 21 Bilharzia injections
which followed were no joke.
Running till you were out of breath laughing so hard that your stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed..... pillow fights, spinning around, getting
dizzy.. falling down.
Huga bugs and Hoola hoops. Being tired from playing marbs and french
A piece of card in the spokes held by a clothes peg transformed any
bike into a motorcycle.Three speeds and dynamos just to have lights.
Man o' man what a life
I'm not finished just yet..............
Can you still taste and smell........
Eating raw jelly or Tree-Top from the packet, Ice lollies and banana splits,
Eating Willard's Peanut Butter on the fattest slice of fresh Lobel's bread?
Fresh cream Doughnuts from Bake 'n Take after church on a Sunday.
Boiling tins of Condensed milk to make caramel and coconut ice- took hours!
Roast Beef on Sundays and Ox Tail too.
There were two types of takkies - Tommies and North Stars, and the only time
you wore them at school, was for "PT".
Wearing shoes with the toe caps cut off was accepted by all.
Slip slops to wear were just a ball and veld skoens for your best dress
How hard you tried to swop your hostel sandwich for a day Skie's (day
scholars) lunch...no luck
The skin on the boiled milk at the hostel?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends;
Nobody owned a pedigree dog.
25 pence was decent pocket money and
Sixpence, would fetch you from school on his bike and you would ride
the bar or the carrier,
and hang on for dear life through the bush paths home.
When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for 5 cents and feel lucky.
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb or make
10 cents appear from behind your ear?
When it was considered a great privilege and very unusual to be taken
out to dinner at a real
restaurant or in a proper hotel or even better,
Haddon & Sly, or - Meikles.
Any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or get him to
carry groceries and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When being sent to the head mistress's or masters office was nothing
the fate that awaited at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of
muggings, drugs, gangs, aids etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat... and some of
us are still afraid of them!!!
Didn't that feel good just to go back and say,
Yeah, I remember that?!!!!
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Ninger!"
Or revulsion was just 'Siss Man'! or ompie pompie lekker stompie
"A race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money was handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly",
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was germs.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a 'BIC' pen / paw
paw branch pea shooter
or an eraser catapulted by a 30cm ruler, or the catapult made from
golf ball elastic twisted on your leg
to shoot bits of orange peels.
Taking drugs meant chewing on 'Cafenol' chewable vitamins or Cod Liver
Colcom Ham, Flings, Corn Curls, Chicken Flings, Willard's Chips, rock-hard marshmallow Easter eggs and
best of all .....kudu biltong from Uncle Scotty's farm
Coke were considered basic nutritional requirements (and don't forget
Tomango Tomato Sauce) and Hubbly Bubbly.
Coke top collections got you plastic animals Elephants and sable, baboons and hyenas.
Good times were always had at the following places - any evening of the week...
The Blue Gardenia / The Gremlin / The Yellow Orchid / Fritz in Byo /
across the Border at Maria's, or Merna Brown's place, or Machipanda,
and don't forget the Little Swallow.
Hiking in the Chimanimani's the Vumba and Troutbek or trips to Kariba,
Wankie, Lake Kyle or Vic falls,
strip roads to Zimbabwe ruins.
Game parks were the best Wankie, Chirundu, Gona Re zhou,.Matopos,Bumi and all.
And what about an afternoon at the following places...
Matopos Hotel /Rhodes grave/ Mazoe Hotel / Mermaids Pool / Aloe Park /
Hot Springs / Lake Mac/
Rusape Dam, Pie and Gravy in Meikles Umtali on a Sat morning with the mates.
Mixed grill at Helen's Umtali for 7/6d.
Window shopping at night without fear of being harmed;
Skills and courage were discovered because of a "truth or dare"
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
Jacaranda's, Flame Lilies, Kaffir booms and Msasas's bloomed
Afternoon tropical Thunder storms rained cat and dogs,
The smell of first rains and the Flying ants that followed by the zillion.
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!