Many of us are on Facebook and have personal pages. My high school has an Alum page and recently we started a thread discussion Remember When? about the community we grew up in. Before we knew , many of us were connecting with people we had not spoken to in 30 to 40 years.
The memories of our elementary schools and the teachers and crossing guards, came rushing back to all of us. Our Kindergarten teacher and the photos pulled from Mom’s who had so carefully stored them for us, were suddenly posted.
Our community, Del City, was a Baby Boomer Community where the Veterans came back and bought homes and we grew up.Our city we could ride our bikes and visit the grocery store for our Mom’s and wave to everyone on the way home. We watched every new business that came into the community and we remembered those that were no longer there.
One of the television stations in Oklahoma did a story on the Remember When threads going across Facebook about the many communities in Oklahoma City. Although, I am in Los Angeles now, it made me homesick for a time when all was simple and pure. Our lives were filled with going to the Drive-in Sonic and Burger Train and seeing our friends after school. Life was not filled with the stress of debts and recession, although, we did have the Vietnam War that took lives.
What we all realized as we came to the end of our high school days, was that we had lost many of our friends over the years, and then the Remember When turned into a Memorial Wall postings of who had passed and left our lives too soon.
If you have not participated in a Remember When? thread on Facebook, I urge you to see if there is one going for your community. If not start one, and relive the history of your community. I emailed the current city manager for our community, and advised him that much of the history of the developers and the business owners was now part of the thread for our community.
Knowing the history of how things started and who started them, can help you understand growth and why you and your children need to continue to carry that growth forward for your community and our country.