Remember when.....

As a kid we grew up with house phones only in one or two houses in the street. Not everyone had a phone. I think we actually had one when I was 13.

It kind  of started there that people became a little lazy. Before they would walk up the street and chat to "Mrs Maple" up the road. With the novelty of the phone, they would ring and chat. The visiting dropped a little but communities were smaller then and you would still see each other.

With the introduction if house phones, it kind of opened a few unwanted problems.

I was walking along a laneway with a friend and a group of boys started throwing dirt bombs at us. There were Choko's hanging from vines over a fence so we ripped them off and used them to throw back at the kids.

When I got home,there was my nan waiting at the front door with an angry look on her face. The man that owned the Choko's rang my nan as everyone knew her and knew I was her grandson. Well, I got a lecture and a clip across the ear.

" Don't waste them, ask "Mr Bane" if it is OK if you pick a few and bring them home for your nan, now get back their and apologize".

I went strait back on my own and knocked on his door and apologized. I asked if I could pick a couple to take back home to nan. He made a deal with me, pick 12 and he would keep half and I got to take the rest home. Well I did that and when I came home with an armful,she questioned me, I told her what happened and I was in the good books again.

That new fangled phone got me in trouble instantly, but it made me aware that I was well known and had to behave myself......while in that area.

I was mischievous else where but that is another story.

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Comments (11)

  1. Bettymom

    I was about five when my grandparents got a phone at the farmhouse – a party line. We lived upstairs and didn’t have a phone of our own until we moved to town when I was seven.

    February 12, 2017
    1. noahbody

      I remember party lines but just barely. I also remember when only a few houses on the street had phones so everyone would share. That was easy because everyone knew everyone else. How different that is from today when quite often neighbors are complete strangers.

      February 12, 2017
      1. Walkaboutman

        Inspite of all the modern technology,we are still alone more than ever.

        February 12, 2017
        1. noahbody

          Yes indeed. More than ever.

          February 12, 2017
  2. GovMisdirection

    As far back as I remember we had a phone but also a party line. Youngsters can google that. Also, we had a 4 or 5-number phone number. No air conditioning, a real ice box, and we had people down the road that got the first TV within miles, it was about 6" diameter.

    February 12, 2017
  3. wonderwall79

    Dam I remember those days to bro, the old party line and yeah I have a similar story to yep the phones were a new device to keep track of us or to tell on us
    You remember chokos hahaha I’ve tried to explain to people and they look at me like I’m telling them of this alien vegetable.
    I haven’t seen those vines or things for years but I loved them and the white sauce mum and nana use to make with them yummy

    February 12, 2017
    1. Walkaboutman

      Nan uses to make Choko’s pies,like apple pies but apples were hard to come by.

      February 12, 2017
      1. wonderwall79

        Oh wow yeah that sounds yummy well anything that ends in pie is always a good thing haha
        Nice one bro

        February 13, 2017
  4. Nightbane

    I din[ know what a telpehone was until i was twelve or so. gram had rsisted getting one but when Abuelo turned uop witha heart condition, she went right out and emanded they install one. Was in the days of party lines, yes. Bloody jumoed out of me skin first tiem it rang and wouldnt’ go in the hall for severl days after, the thing spooked me badly. Adn then a few days after that, gram had to work late and abuelo had began having trouble, the nitroglycerin didnt’ work.He oculdnt’ rise to use it hemslef and I had to do it. It was enough to make me get past my innate distrust of the damned thing. I still dont’ like them but but it saved his life, I was able to ring the doctor who came round and got him stable enough to get him in car and to hospital. Had I had to walk to doctor’s, would likely not have survived. i accepted the thing as an evil necessity from that day forth but still keep the hard wired one in the damned hall. never did stop jumping if too close to it when it rings……

    February 13, 2017
    1. Nightbane

      wouldn’t have one of me own until I was nearly thirty….

      February 13, 2017
      1. Nightbane

        And how I miss telegrams!

        February 13, 2017