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Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?
by Asa Faith Randolph
Nostalgia crept up on me yesterday, so I popped an old Merle Haggard tape in my player and began to look through my 1961 Dora High School yearbook.
Merle slowly crooned these words:
Wish a buck was still silver,
And it was back when the country was strong.
Back before Elvis; before the Vietnam War came along.
Before the Beatles and "Yesterday"
When a man could still work, and still would.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?
I wish coke was still cola,And a joint was a bad place to be.
And it was back before Nixon lied to us all on TV.
Before microwave ovens,
When a girl could still cook and still would.
Is the best of the free life behind us now?
Are the good times really over for good?
When the song ended, I found that I was gazing at a picture of Mr. and Mrs. Gant, along with Mr. Moore and Mrs. Murray. They were enjoying a break at the concession stand which was located at one end of our gym. For me, the photo represented good times.
For a little while, I was back in high school - sitting in class - waiting for our 15 minute morning break. It was a time for some socializing and some snacks. My favorite treat consisted of an icy-cold Dr. Pepper and a "Reesus Cup." (Daddy used to laugh and tell me the correct way to pronounce it.) But, even now, I think of that delicious chocolate and peanut butter as a "Reesus."
If a girl was lucky, she had a boyfriend or a good friend who just happened to be a boy. While she talked to her girlfriends, he would go to the concession stand for her. She would see him coming back, looking neat in his starched, peg-legged jeans. She would think, "OH YEAH. OH YEAH. LIFE IS GOOD."
So, Merle, the good times are not really over. As long as we have our present blessings, and as long as we have our pleasant memories, we can say, "OH YEAH. OH YEAH. LIFE IS GOOD."


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