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 ...Read MoreWhat 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.Read Less
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 didn't 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 didn't 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 wasn't as good as Ed. He made 45 cents in one day. That's awesome!
We'd 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.
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