Take Me Back

Take Me Back

Memory Lane – A Path To Days Gone By

Some say that you can never take steps back to the place that we call “our time”. To that place where we grew up, and where we will always call our “home”. To those places we went to as a child. I can’t imagine a life without the memories, good and bad, of my childhood growing up in the 40s and 50s in the small village of Dolgeville New York which sits at the foothills of the Adirondack mountains, and the delightful summers spent in historic village Boonville N.Y. Now it is imperative that we share “our time” “our home”, and the wisdom of the ages, with the youth of America.

Both towns are separated by 30 miles, yet the drive between them is a captivating smorgasbord of unparalleled simplicity that memories are made of — days gone by that make them precious recollections worth holding on to and continuing to build upon. Hills and valleys, lakes, and ponds flourish with nature’s abundant and authentic wildlife. Farms with hillsides dotted with dairy barns and cattle as far as the eye could see. Houses with white picket fences, a Chevy in the driveway, and an American flag standing steadfast to remind us of the precious freedoms we enjoy along with the privilege of living in America. The Burma Shave signs along country roads while finishing the Sunday drive with great eats at Green Acres drive-in as we headed back into town. 

The quiet walks, the noisy fun, the innocence to look at every day as another day of wonderment. Soda fountains, where we could gather up enough courage to buy that special girl an ice cream soda. Where morally shy young girls could hopefully act silly enough to get that special guy to look their way. Where ‘Puppy Love’ and the “rite of innocence” reigned supreme every day, and every step of the way. 

Yes, the 40s and 50s were at a time like no other. Gone but not forgotten, and because I was there, I can take that walk down memory Lane as often as I need to because it’s not just a one-way street. Walking down the streets of Dolgeville and Boonville for me, is Heaven on earth. 

I hope and pray that you never lose your map or your walk down Memory Lane.

And above all, don’t leave it all behind, share it with your children.


Take me back – life was so simple then

I can remember when I became someone’s best friend

Someone who would love only me

The greatest of all my days 

How did I let it slip away

Let me make it brand new oh Lord 

Help me to remember when

I had drifted out to sea

As helpless as can be

When you reached down on me

Yet, these are not the days I’ve always been dreaming about

This is not why you sent me here

Now I must leave all of my worries behind

I will make the goodness of the days I’m here 

So, alone in my thoughts

I walk down that lane in between shadows and light

As I follow that path between good and bad

It leads me to times both happy and sad

 As I walk down the lane, with each step brings forth a tear, sometimes a smile

With each memory, I see along the way 

It slows my way even more

And gives cause to linger awhile.

Blessings dear friends,

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  • Naomi

    I will never let go of the memories from “back then!” Pierce’s, a Chevy Super Sport, patriotic holiday parades, sock hops, Dolgeville hilltop, Faville Falls, Boonville picnics, Sunday worship and life in its simplicity and authenticity. Love was real and cherished and it’s the very essence of who I am. Thank you for bringing it all back to life.

  • Elaine

    Thank you Drake for reminding us to share the treasures in our lives. This is a different world today and it is vital that we tell our younger family members about our memories. We all have so many beautiful memories and to reminisce is an open door to thankfulness.

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