Days Gone By - stories from the past

SUNDAY SOLIOQUY: How many of these things did you do as a child in the summer in Alabama?

It is so much fun to look back and remember the wonderful things about living in Alabama and the south. Children still do some of these things. How many did you do as a child in Alabama?

  • spent a summer afternoon lying on the grass and making images of the clouds
  • made a daisy necklace to wear
  • waited under the shade of tree on a hot day with a dime or quarter in your hand for the ice cream truck to come by
  • skated in the street in front of your house
  • stopped to get a grapico at a store on the side of a road from an old ice chest
  • searched in the grass for four leaf clovers
  • cooled off by playing with your brothers and sisters in the sprinkler
  • went to KIDDIELAND at FAIR PARK in BIRMINGHAM and rode all the rides
  • went to the State fair on a cool crisp day in the fall
  • spent a Friday or Saturday night cruisin..down third avenue in front of the theatres in
  • Birmingham
  • ate a hamburger for 15 cents at a one of the fast food places that sprang up all over town.
  • on Saturday, watched double-feature movie and heard the massive organ at the ALABAMA THEATRE in Birmingham, Alabama
  • ate at Sherer’s Drive-In restaurant  in Walker County, Alabama
  • washed your car in a paved culvert that crossed a fentle stream in a road
  • covered your nose and face with the butter in wild pink buttercups
  • caught fireflies and kept them in a Mason jar overnight.
  • spent the day at your favorite swimming hole
  • shelled peas or beans on the back porch
  • helped hand crank an old ice cream maker

It is so much fun to look back and remember the wonderful things about living in Alabama and the south. This film reminds me of the ways we spent hot, sunny days in the South. Add your favorite memories in the comment section below.

1979 Chevrolet Light Truck Owners & Drivers Manual-2nd


Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past This book is a compilation of some of the funny and helpful tips from our past history. Some recipes and tips date back to 1770s. One or two sound a little dangerous and I would never try them myself, but I’ve included then in this book for their humorous and historical value. A few are useful, especially for our ‘green’ society today – Makes a great gift!

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. Phillip LaSusa

    They rode bicycles in my day.

  2. Kimberly Loyack

    So many wonderful memories!! I actually found a 4 leaf clover once, but my favorite memorie are spending the whole day picking wild blackberries, climbing trees and going for rides with my Mama, and her scooting over in the driver’s seat so I could steer.

  3. Melinda Nichols

    This couldn’t have been written by an Alabamian. It said” fireflies”. They are called “lightening bugs” here.

    1. Alabama Pioneers

      You are right, I was afraid people wouldn’t know what I meant by ligtening bugs.

    2. Jack R. Hamilton

      And we actually called them “lightnin’ bugs”.

  4. Kim Bolt

    I used to run so fast trying to catch the ice cream truck that I swear I was next to flying..:-}

  5. Aleda Midgarden

    Yes, we did not have ice cream in the refrigerator, It was a special treat. I hear the icecrean man’s bell in my head.

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