close ur eyes.....
and go back in time.....
Before the Internet, VCD n DVD.
Before semi-automatics machine guns, joyriders, alcohol and drugs...
Before SEGA or Super Nitendo or Video Games..
I`m talking about Hide n Seek (chupan chupai) in the park or on streets in the lawn in ur house.
The corner shop, Butter Scotch Candy, Mitchells Milk Toffee, Jubilee, football with an old can, jumping in enormous puddles, Building dams.
The smell of the sun n fresh cut grass. Mayfair bubble gum.
A POLKA ice-cream pop-corn on a warm summer night.
Watching Weekday 5pm evening or Saturday Morning Cartoons.. short commercials, The Tom n Jerry, He-Man, Captain Caveman, Waltron, Waligator, Danger Mouse and Pink Panther.
Staying up late for Night Rider, Air Wolf or Power of the Methew Star.
Watching nice Urdu plays like UN KAHI , TANHAIYAAN , SUNEHRAY DIN , ANGAN TERHA.
When around the corner seemed far away, and going into down town or Liberty Market seemed like going somewhere.
A million mosquito bites, wasp and bee stings. Sticky fingers.
Walking to school , no matter what the weather.
Running till you were out of breath.
Laughing so hard that ur stomach hurt.
Jumping on the bed.
Climbing trees, building igloos Ice-Lolies out of tiny amounts of snow.
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for the giggles.
Being tired from playing..
Remember that... ?
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water baloons were the ultimate weapon. I `m not finished just yet..
Eating raw jelly , orange squash , ice pops.
You knew everyone in ur street - and so did ur parents !
It wasn`t odd to have two or three " best " friends.
You didn`t sleep a wind on Eid Chand Raat.
Afraid of Neighbour`s dog-bite.
When 100 Rs. was decent pocket money.
When you`d get a coke for 4 Rs.
When nearly everyone`s mom was at home when the kids got there from school.
It was magic when dad would " remove " his thumb.
When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with ur parents.
When being send to the head`s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited misbehaving student at home.
Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn`t because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat !
And some of us are still afraid of them.!
Didnt that feel good ? Just to go back and say, Yeah I remember that !
Decisions were made by going " eeny - meeny - miney - mo. "
Race issue " meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in " Monopoly "
The worst think u could catch from other person was germs, and the worst thing in ur day was having to sit next to opposite gender.
Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a catapult.
Nobody was prettier than ur MOM.
Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
Taking drugs meant taking " Panadol " .
Ice-cream was considered a basic food group.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a " double-dare" .
Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest protectors.
If u can remember most or eve some of these, then u have LIVED !