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I Remember when
by Ken Langenbrunner 
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Ramblings of an Old Man: I Remember When…

I remember whenever you wanted or needed something in life you earned it. It was not just given to you or expected, you earned it! We were taught work ethics. Today it’s called entitlement. Not only is it shocking but also very scary to think people actually believe the government should be Kris Kringle, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, daddy Warbucks, or worse, their Uncle Sam that they believe owes them their desires and needs.

My memories of childhood take me back to an era when I would walk the ditches along side of the roads in search of empty pop or beer bottles, back in the days when glass bottles were king and the deposits on them allowed me to buy baseball cards, comic books, and candy. My eyes would always light up like the twinkling stars at night when I would discover a big, fat beer bottle - 25 cents deposit! That meant I could buy a big comic book, it was 25 cents. As a little kid I could never understand why people threw money out the window of a moving vehicle like that, but I was thankful.

Being green is not a modern day invention; we were involved in the clean up of the environment way back in the early 60’s! We gathered up our bounty of deposits and walk them over to Patsy Cline’s Store. She watchfully counted out our deposit money and made sure we placed all the empties in their rightful basket. Patsy came across as a mean sort of a person at times, but as I grew up, I realized this never married gal liked kids and treated us with respect and trust if we behaved ourselves and proved ourselves trustworthy. Her store was directly across the street from the high school, and I truly miss those days of visiting this dear old friend. I don’t remember when it started but she use to call me ‘Willy Bill’, She knew my dad so I guess it was in recognition of me being William’s boy.

I remember one incident where this little kid in front of me was next in line, and I didn’t notice it but Patsy did. The jacket that the kid was wearing was all puffed out, and she came from around the counter and grabbed that boy’s arm and started shaking him up and down, and all kinds of candy was coming out from under his coat. I don’t think she told his parents, but he was told not to come back to her store. It was an added incentive to me to not think twice at stealing, especially at her store! I guess now-a-days Patsy would have been arrested for such action, which to me would be such a disgrace and misuse of the law. Kids lack discipline, which is visual and physical correction of things that would keep us on the straight and narrow way.

Of course there were other ways of making money as well, such as, cutting grass, raking leaves, selling newspapers, and by doing chores around the house to earn an allowance. I turned 18 two weeks before graduating from high school and neither event entitled me to a free car of my own from my parents. I got a job and earned the money to buy my dream car: a ’57 Chevy. It was a faded, chipped-green painted stick shift, with very little rubber left on the tires, and a slipping clutch that went out the day after I bought it, but it was mine free and clear, no payments or bank loan, I earned the whole amount.

Our sense of imagination and the great outdoors was a fantastic duo of entertainment for us. We utilized whatever was around us, whatever was available (legally of course!). Our parents back then had trouble keeping us in the house, todays parents can’t seem to get the kids to go out. Granted, our environment back then was less toxic and the food less destructive, but by being aware and informed there are ways of recreating the good things from our past in this present age. I remember when… family and religious faith were superior qualities that were worth striving for, but today the Globalist are being successful in separating families from each other and from God.

I remember when… sitting in church I would hear scripture read from the pulpit telling us how things will be near the end times, how there will be wars and rumors of war, pestilence, famines, earthquakes, and now, as an old rambling man, I see these predictions coming to pass. We truly are living in the last days. We were told how the devil’s servant, the Antichrist, will rule over all the earth, in every area of life, and we are now seeing this take place with all the efforts going forward by man’s push for a New World Order of a one world religion and government, consolidating power by taking away our freedoms and rights through the claim that it is for our security.

Yes…I remember when…growing up was fun, adventurous, and a simpler way of life, but then, I was just a kid, I didn’t know about the pressures of bills and payments, the concerns of supporting and feeding a family of six. My world was comprised of nine streets in Smalltown, USA, and a bicycle with only two gears: my left foot and my right foot, and my only real concern or goal was to climb to the top of that maple tree in the front yard without getting caught by my mom!

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