Nowadays, mothers deliver their children to and from school and accompany them everywhere they go. There are some who still ride school buses, but when they step off the bus in the evening, their mothers wait nearby to take them home.
Some of my most enjoyable times occurred on the way home from school in the afternoon. I shudder at the thought of all the fun I would have missed if my mother had picked me up!
There was a soda fountain in our town reminiscent of the one on "Happy Days." As we sauntered home from school, my friends and I stopped there most evenings for a coke, a milkshake, an ice cream soda or just plain enjoyment. Lots of good things happened there.
While the jukebox played my favorite songs, I sometimes met a new friend or engaged in a flirtation with a boy from school. And when I was in high school, many Saturday-night dates were made sitting at the old soda fountain sipping a coke. A few times, I was asked to write my phone number on a napkin for someone who may want to use it later.
Yes, it's a changed world.
I suppose my parents thought the same thing when I was growing up. If there's anything we can count on, it's change. But no matter how things fluctuate, the era we grew up in -- to each of us -- will always be the best.
Peggy Horton lives in Nitro and may be emailed at peg...@suddenlink.net.