Monday, March 06, 2006

Soapy Mouthwash

We kids were not into swearing, smoking and swigging alcohol. Our four-letter words were love thy neighbor, care for each other, look both sides of the street before crossing, help your friend, give to the community, and wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

If a kid did swear, the result would be a mouth washed with soap or a hard slap across the face. More important was the fact that we could speak intelligently without resorting to swear words to get our point across. Now that I think of it, I don't remember my parents and family ever swearing.

Another thing that we learned fast was to stand up and place your hand over your heart when the American flag went by in a parade. If you were sitting on the curb and did not stand when the red, white and blue came by you were yanked to attention by your hair or ear. The person showing you the error of your ways did not have to be a relative, just someone older than you.

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