The Remember Poem

This nostalgic poem takes us back to an earlier time, possibly in our childhood, when life seemed simple and less complicated. How much of this can you relate to?

The Remember Poem

I remember the cheese of my childhood
And the bread that we cut with a knife,
When the children helped with the housework,
And the men went to work not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge,
And the bread was so crusty and hot,
The children were seldom unhappy
And the wife was content with her lot.

I remember the milk from the bottle,
With the yummy cream on the top,
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from the fridge or the shop.

The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn’t need money for kicks,
Just a game with their mates on the road,
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.

I remember the shop on the corner,
Where a pennies worth of sweets was sold
Do you think I’m a bit too nostalgic?
Or is it … I’m just getting old?

I remember the ‘loo’ was the lav,
And the boogy man came in the night,
It wasn’t the least bit funny
Going ‘out back’ with no light.

The interesting items we perused,
From the newspapers cut into squares,
And hung on a peg in the loo,
It took little to keep us amused.

The clothes were boiled in the copper,
With plenty of rich foamy suds
But the ironing seemed never ending
As Mum pressed everyone’s ‘duds’.

I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap if I swore
Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of
And we hadn’t much choice what we wore.

Do you think that bruised our ego?
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table
And I think life was better enjoyed!

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23rd Feb 2019
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i remember my auntie had Izal we had a square holder on the wall with a square tissue pack of toilet paper can`t remember the name sorry. Outside toilets. and toasting forks for toast in front of open fire. Ice inside bedroom windows in winter. Loads of heavy blankets, no duvets when I was young. Po under bed .Great playing outside all the time, never wanted to come in for supper. Shop in almost every street and village shops sold everything you needed too. Happy days in the sixties.
11th Oct 2018
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Brings back so many memories many forgotten and many that could and should be put to good use today
11th Oct 2018
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Spot on - I used to spend my 1d on 2 mini hot Hovis loaves with butter instead of sweets after school, yummy
16th Sep 2018
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happy bygone days ...
20th Nov 2017
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Frankly, this just reminds me of how miserable life was in the '50s.
15th Apr 2017
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All so true. We have too much choice these days. If it breaks we throw it away what happened to repairing things like kettles etc.
20th Nov 2017
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People still repair things, especially clothes and textiles. We sometimes call it 'upcycling', though!!!
15th Apr 2017
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Great bit of nostalgia here. Thanks.
19th Feb 2017
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I love this poem it evokes so many memories of a childhood that I was familiar with .
14th Aug 2016
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My growing up life in a poem. Good to remember how things were to now feel that I was very fortunate as a child. Great poem.,I wonder who wrote it?
14th Aug 2016
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Ah, the good old days
28th May 2016
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I loved this poem I was fortunate enough we had an inside toilet as well as one outside but we had the izal although we did have friends who used newspaper squares.
23rd Apr 2016
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I loved this poem too,Remember the izal which was shiny on one side. Remembering toasting bread on the fire and spreading it with dripping lovely also some times dad telling us ghost stories by the light of the fire. lovely times
5th Feb 2016
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I love the poem. The only thing I didn't have was the cut up newspaper. We have Izal toilet roll!
15th Nov 2015
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Lovely poem brought back memories of life as it used to be. Thank you

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