Fifties Road Trip

Two-door Togetherness

Family life in the 50’s quickly grew into the stuff of  T.V. sitcoms.  What made this decade stand out?   The new Middle Class rose out of the post-World War II boom, creating the ideal atmosphere for the great American family.   

I was a child of that generation.   Those days were simple, but sublime.  A Sunday drive became a mini-road trip down country lanes, with Dairy Queen ice cream at the end.  Riding “shot gun” was an honor awarded to the first sibling to reach the front seat.  Although most families owned only one car–they owned a car.  Dads wore either blue or white collars with pride and moms baked “from scratch.”  Sunday began with church and ended with chicken dinners and extended family.  

Middle class prosperity built on patriotism and traditional values resulted in a brief decade of security.  It need be no more complicated than that.

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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