Sunday, May 25, 2014

Growing Up in a Sally,Dick, and Jane World #1

At dusk Mother stands on the porch and watches our  group of neighborhood children  swoop around the neighbor's lawn like an exaltation of sparrows.  Her voice raises in the sing- song call of our names. Pill, Susie, Buzz! Time to come in!

We are shocked. How can it be time for baths?

 One by one our grass stained play clothes are added to the laundry hamper and we are scrubbed clean in our turn.
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Growing up Sally, Dick and Jane meant growing up with the Greatest Generation as parents or grandparents.  The Golden Rule was our standard of behavior.  The line between childhood and adult seemed more firmly drawn.  The innocence of youth lasted a little bit longer.
Did you Grow up in a Sally, Dick and Jane World ? Do you think parents can give their children a Sally Dick and Jane childhood today?
Please join me at some of the Best. Parties. Ever. Where you won't want to miss -

 Diane's tour of a Victorian Farmhouse  at Design till It Shines

And ...
Enjoy a day at the Flea with  One Shabby Old House

And ...

Debbie-Dabble  gives us a garden tour   and introduces us to a garden guest - one with a happy surprise!

Tea time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage 


  1. Susan,
    Thanks so much for your kind words and the feature!! I will be giving you a Shout Out in my next post!!

    Have a great holiday weekend!!


  2. Yes, I grew up in a Sally, Dick and Jane world, and so did my children. My grandchildren have been growing up in a different world though, with two parents employed outside the house. It's no surprise that both my children are now taking measures to ensure that one parent stays home, and this requires some considerable sacrifice. I'm so proud of them!

  3. Oh, don't even get me started!! I feel sorry for children who are plugged in and overscheduled today. No time to have unstructured play. I hope more people do what Pondside's children are doing!

  4. Thanks for the link up to my farmhouse post feature on SYC!

  5. Yes I grew up in a Dick and Jane world and wish my grand kids knew what it was like. Today's world is so fast paced that it is rather difficult for children to feel that old fashioned (stop and smell the roses) kind of life. Always have to be 'entertained'. Technology gets in the way of good old fashioned fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Love those images!


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