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Life Was Better …

Here are the many ways readers finished this sentence

Here’s how our readers finished that sentence. The first five responses appeared in the magazine. The rest are Web Extras.

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When my skate key was hanging around my neck, my knees were scabbed and the wind was blowing my hair from my face.
Janice F. Conway, Trinity Valley EC | Kemp

Before COVID-19.
Gary Galloway, Tri-County EC | Weatherford

When we could reach out and touch someone, literally. I miss hugs and handshakes.
Carmen Lockstedt, Victoria EC | Victoria

When the only screen we had was in our door, and we could see through it.
Patricia Rapacki, MidSouth EC | Montgomery

After I recovered from ovarian cancer.
Sherri Jeffery, Grayson-Collin EC | McKinney

When we all think positive and test negative.
Sherry Crecraft Krupinski

When there was always time to visit Grandpa and Grandma.
Terry Woodworth, Sam Houston EC | Onalaska

Before the internet and iPhones.
Amanda Sheren

When Walter Cronkite would finish the CBS Evening News by saying “That’s the way it is,” and you could actually believe him.
Bill Winkleman, HILCO EC | Whitney

When I was 8 years old and didn’t know anything.
Donna Faldyn

When it wasn’t counted as weightlifting if I stood up.
Lewis Talley, Magic Valley EC | Edinburg

When family and God are in it.
Barbara Smith Barnett

Before cellphones and the internet.
Tammy Box, Trinity Valley EC | Seven Points

When we all sat around the table for dinner.
Brenda Rogers

When we didn’t have as much and life was simpler.
Betty Liese, Pedernales EC | Georgetown

With a cold beer.
Glen Parker

When stores were closed on holidays and Sundays.
Sue Caldwell, Bandera EC | Pipe Creek

Before the internet and social media were invented.
GiGi Mo

When my horse was my best friend.
Karen Elliott, Lamar Electric | Paris

In the ’50s.
Dell Stevens

When Mom sent us outside after breakfast and said, “Be home for dinner.”
Pam Lee, Pedernales EC | Liberty Hill

When we could hug our loved ones.
Darlene Graham

Never. Every day is better than the last.
Lynn Morgan, PenTex Energy | Gainesville

Before 9/11.
Cles King

Without COVID-19 in it.
Sylvia Diaz, Pedernales EC | Johnson City

Before everything started moving so fast.
Helen Tilley

With a rotary phone.
Diane Ramos, South Plains EC | Roaring Springs

Before I discovered I was self-centered.
Ron Roberts, Pedernales EC | Leander

When it was raining.
Ross Graham, South Plains EC | Roaring Springs

In the ’50s with great music.
James Shumake, Sam Houston EC | Woodville

When the entire family ate every mama-prepared meal around the kitchen table.
Homer Jones Jr., South Plains EC | Lubbock

When my loved ones in heaven were here with us.
Brenda Parker, Victoria EC | Victoria

When we didn’t have to stay isolated because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carol Bottlinger, Central Texas EC | Fredericksburg

Before walk-through metal detectors were required.
Steve Yates, Pedernales EC | Wimberley

When a man’s handshake was his binding word.
TW Clark, Deep East Texas EC | Wiergate

When the only password you had to remember was the secret one you used to get into the clubhouse as a kid.
Steven Killpatrick, Pedernales EC | Jarrell

When I was in kindergarten.
Bob Dalecki, Houston County EC | Leona

Before violent video games.
Sandy Bowen, Big Country EC | Hawley

When kids played outside till the streetlights came on.
Deborah Vosburgh, Karnes EC | Poteet