A Trip Back in Time
What if you could take your grandchildren on a trip back in time to 1956? This novel combines nostalgia with a grandparent’s special relationship with his grandchildren in a tale of time travel. As he clearly sees their reality, he resents the blatant deterioration of our current society. Evident is the results of inflation, moral degradation, and the destruction of family values. It is his intent that though their view of the future is dim, and having been a victim of child of abuse himself, to show them that their ten year old lives will soon change, and what they observe and experience will never control their destiny.
Imagine a grandfather taking his granddaughters on journey back in time, when he was their age and the year was 1956. Together, he shares what his life was like as he walks with them as equals in this innocent age of nickel pop and penny candy. His relationship with his granddaughters is a close one, and he mourns the loss of so many freedoms that he enjoyed when he was their age. They would nver know a parent sending them out to play and saying, “be home before dark,” or, “just stay in the neighborhood.” At ten years old, in 2011, they unfortunately are aware of what the word “predator” means, and having their television censored for foul language or sexual content. So when telling them of the Mickey Mouse Club, or Winky Dink, they laugh as if it was all fantasy and a fabrication of their Grandpa’s mind. He shares a special bond with them, because two are in a broken home shattered by divorce, and two are adopted and have formerly suffered the abuse of the foster ‘care’ system. Being a product of a broken home and abuse himself, he understands their fears and recognizes that this new generation is having their childhood and innocence destroyed by our culture. So at the critical age of ten, he lets them visit an era when children could walk freely to the park. A time before electronics dominated and interaction with friends and family was all important. A time before musical lyrics were censored, yet those 'Oldies but Goodies' were considered so threatening, as Rock and Roll was born.
He sees his little girls being thrust into a very “adult” world long before their time. Where texting has replaced direct communication, and where the games he once played in the park are now played on video. He resents this society where children must guard against dark elements that he never knew of at their age. He understands the age of “tween," where short of adolescence, they have an astute perception of adult problems that they already are beginning to worry, yet are still very much children. He is sorry for the deterioration of society that forces his granddaughters to exist in a culture of “Amber Alerts” and sex offender registries. At ten years old, they already have a dim view of relationships, being surrounded with a population where nearly 50% of children have broken homes and experience either single parent homes, or stepparents.
Having stated “when I was your age,” so many times they find it unbelievable, he gives them a glimpse of the past. When men stood and gave a woman their seat and a time when a movie could be seen for a dime. An age when soda fountains made ice cream creations and each neighborhood had one, and when phones had ‘party’ lines that were shared by multiple families, in a golden time when everything came in glass bottles and people were happy with black and white television and only three channels. It was an age when children could truly be children and purchase toys like BB guns and bows and arrows and where every boy had a pocket knife to peel an apple. A time when girls had miniature electric sewing machines, dinner sets with real knives and forks, and electric ovens. Where instead having to learn martial arts for self defense, he shows them a time when man would never lay a hand on woman, and no such situation would even be considered for viewing in television or movies. It was when comic books were affordable, and like Classics Illustrated, even educational, as a preview of great literary works.
This is story of love and relationships, with the nostalgia that comes from remembering the Good Humor man, and Mickey Mouse Club. It was a decade when most had no air conditioning and screen doors and windows were left open without a care. It was a time when we looked forward to a future that held such promise and hope. Remember when our media promoted family values? Hopefully, this will recapture some warm memories and understanding what our children are suffering today from a grandparent’s perspective.
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WONDERFUL HAPPY UPLIFTING BOOK ABOUT THE GOOD OLE DAYS!
This book brings back a lot of wonderful memories. The author Edwin Becker is a superb writer and a baby boomer like myself. I can relate to everyting he writes about. The story shows a love of family and takes one of the grand daughters Lee Ann on a trip back into time 1956.
I enjoyed each and every saying: When I was your age.......We had no Chucky cheese, we did not have remote controls and 300 channels but only 3 and had to turn a knob and for reception the tv had rabbit ears, they put one song on a record the size of your head, they did not invent birthdays yet, and a lot more.
Things were so less complex. You could stay out and play as long as you came home before dark. Kids played sports or did things outdoors like hopscotch, pic up sticks, built forts, take hikes, no computers, telephones had a dial or two cans and a rope, etc.
American bandstand was very popular along with Elvis and The Beatles.
I remember pitching pennies and nickels on the curb but was not as good as Ed. He made 45 cents in one day. That is awesome!
We would put pennies on the railroad track and retrieve them flat as a pancake after the train ran over them.
This is a pleasant, uplifting, inspirational book for all ages but particulary for Baby Boomers and their younguns.
Highly recommend Ed's other books and my favorite called True Haunting. This is a true story and dates back to 1971 when Ed and his wife Marsha purchased a two story house. It was so cold during summer no AC was needed. The best book I have ever read!