And television hadn't been invented.
'Sides, there wasn't time nor money
To go traveling very far--
We did our days work and came home, contented.
Long summer evenings we all sat
with games and conversation,
or Jim came home with ball and bat
just bubbling with elation;
The home team won the noble fight,
So everything was dandy.
And sometimes, on a rainy night,
We'd pop corn or make candy.
Life was more placid in those days;
We made our recreation
Far from the city's worldly ways,
The bright lights and temptation.
Sometimes I think the children now
Are cheated of their birthright--
They haven't time and don't know how
To enjoy a family twilight.
written by Grace Luella Peterson Perry