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Remember when…? – Laundry

When you are a kid, you might see things in some houses that you never saw in your own place, and those can seem particularly strange or magical (depending on what those are). Since I was living in an apartment on a second floor, my grandmother's house seemed like a big kingdom to explore!

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Remember when…? – Attached

Things change over time, and what was common 30 or 50 years ago, is no longer considered safe. Although I never encountered accidents or serious incidents involving things that changed since, I assume that people have changed their opinion based on some of those. One example was how babies were left to sleep without a crib.

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Remember when…? – Playing Cards

Although i have not been much of a card player, my parents and uncles and aunts seemed to love that. Since i was raised with only one little brother (8 years younger than me), i guess we never had enough people to play cards at home. But, my aunts and uncles were more than just card players: they loved to have FUN.

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Remember when…? – Parade

When I was in Secondary 2 (equivalent of grade 8), I went to a new school and that school had a band. I had never participated in a band before. Since several students had been there for a few years already, I was offered a "position" in the flag bearer line up instead of in the musical part. At least, that was not too hard, right?

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Remember when…? – Washing

Things have obviously changed over time, and one of those things is everyone's job description. Now, because of unions and job descriptions, i know that i can't hammer a nail to hang anything in my office because i have to ask the maintenance staff; it is THEIR job, not mine. But 40-50 years ago, that didn't seem to be a problem, and the students, at the end of the year, would do the janitor's job!

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Remember when…? – Pen and paper

In the last decade or so, we have seen an explosion of technology and this has changed how children play. The old toys and activities have been replaced by monitors and controlers. Social play seemed to have faded away for smart phones, and sedentary activities. But looking back, it is amazing how little we needed to keep ourselves entertained!

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Remember when…? – Phone

With the common use of call display on many modern phones, we have the option of answering or not answering since can often know who is the caller. Back in the days, this was not as easy and either one would answer a call from someone they really didn't want to answer, or they would ignore a call from someone they really wanted to talk to. But my parents had a trick for that!

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