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Trivia Question: Which famous royal couple announced their engagement on July 10, 1947?


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In the July/August 2017 issue of Good Old Days, contributing writer Cathey Frei wrote of her carefree days of childhood in a nostalgic essay titled, 'Til the Streetlights Came On. She reminisced about long summer evenings playing with her friends, with no worries, no restrictions and no rules, except that they all had to return to their homes when the streetlights came on.

Her story struck a chord with me. When my siblings and I were young, we would gather with the neighbor kids every summer evening after supper and play games like Kick the Can, Whiffle Ball and Ghost in the Graveyard for hours on end. Our only concerns were the occasional skinned knees and the ravenous mosquitoes that also enjoyed summer evening gatherings. We could end up any number of places, from our backyard to the town park to the riverside, with our parents none the wiser. They expected us to stay out of trouble, and for the most part, we did. And when the streetlights finally flickered on or, in my case, my mom rang the big, black wrought-iron dinner bell on our garage, we knew it was time to trudge home, get washed up and hop into bed so we could be ready to do it all over again the next day.

Ah, to go back to those days when we weren't tethered to watches, clocks and cellphones. Those were times when we could just let hours go by without the need to feel "productive," and when we merely had to notice the setting sun, catch the glimmer of a streetlight, or hear the distant clanging of a familiar bell to bring us back to the reality of time. This summer, I pledge to have a few of those carefree, time-less evenings like I did when I was 10. I want to slow down, ditch my cellphone and enjoy the sights and the sounds of the season without setting any expectations or schedules. And maybe I'll even get to play a little Kick the Can, Whiffle Ball or Ghost in the Graveyard!

I hope you do too.

Happy summer!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What was your favorite childhood summer game? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine!


Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.


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Trivia Answer

England's Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. The couple were married on Nov. 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. A film crew was allowed inside the Abbey for the first time, and the newsreel of their wedding was shown all over the world. Princess Elizabeth would later be crowned Queen Elizabeth II.

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