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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
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.
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.
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.
When we didn’t have as much and life was simpler.
Betty Liese, Pedernales EC | Georgetown
With a cold beer.
When stores were closed on holidays and Sundays.
Sue Caldwell, Bandera EC | Pipe Creek
Before the internet and social media were invented.
When my horse was my best friend.
Karen Elliott, Lamar Electric | Paris
In the ’50s.
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.
Never. Every day is better than the last.
Lynn Morgan, PenTex Energy | Gainesville
Without COVID-19 in it.
Sylvia Diaz, Pedernales EC | Johnson City
Before everything started moving so fast.
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