Growing Up in Crystal City was Amazin...

Growing Up in Crystal City was Amazing--Reason No. 1

There are 108 comments on the DosCentavos.net story from Oct 9, 2008, titled Growing Up in Crystal City was Amazing--Reason No. 1. In it, DosCentavos.net reports that:

With all the problems that Crystal City and Zavala County now face--budget deficits, unemployment, shrinking population, etc.--there was no better place in the world for me to grow up.

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TheGreatPretende r

United States

#1 Oct 11, 2008
I grew up way back in the 60's. No, not that good for me. There was too much poverty but we had good parents who were decent and responsible. They passed that on to us. I understand that for the younger generations of the 70's and 80's, it was much better. As for the youngest generations, they are ruining their own futures (in many cases)or at least making it very difficult. There are too many unwed parents,drugs,not enough discipline,too much dependence on parents and society in general. Now we even have an elementary school that is unacceptable. Social issues are everywhere, but that doesn't make it right.
Each individual has good or bad childhood memories. As a society, we should band together to make the best for our young children.
Learn from the past

Helotes, TX

#2 Oct 16, 2008
I wonder if our young people in Crystal know what it is to not have enough food in your family, when clothes is only hand me downs, and toys are a color book, crayons and a pack of calcetines or chonies and do our young people know what it means to clean house and help yo parents really clean and do yard work? hummm, I owe all I learn to survive nowdays from my wonderful parents, a real heaven send blessing, to help me prepare for the present, and I am still more and more like my mom and my dad, thrifty, simple- common-sense- rules handed-down and put to work in my daily life.
me too

Terre Haute, IN

#3 Oct 16, 2008
Back in the days, we had no cell phones, Ipods, computers or any other new thing that is out there. I grew up in a good home and with great family values. We had to work for the things we wanted or even needed. At home there was always something to be done, inside or outside. Believe me, my mother used to have shelves and shelves full of tiny figurines, and I had to dust one by one and everything else. There were alot of us in the family, and each one of us had our chores. Sleep inn on weekends? Yeah right!!!! We didn't have that privilege, we had to get up and do the weekend chores. Girl or no girl we also had to mow the lawn or hacer posos, or whatever needed to be done. Yeah, I used to get mad, but now I know that it was for our own good. I don't depend on anyone to do my outside work. I don't even wait for my husband to get home from work and have him do the lawn. I know how to do all that stuff, and many things more. Those are the values they were teaching us, even though we didn't like them. Now a days, the youngsters want every new little gadget that comes out, and they don't want to work for what they want. They think those things are cheap!! I was lucky to even have a new pair of Nikes' for the whole year. I wore hand me downs too, and honestly I didn't care. As long as my clothes were clean. They think that money grows on trees. Just my two cents worth...
me too

Terre Haute, IN

#4 Oct 16, 2008
One more thing.... Every summer we had to go up north and work our behinds from dusk till dawn. Imaginate una de nueve aƱos ya trabajando en la labor, con asadon y todo... But, we liked it.. We knew we were gonna have new clothes for school and new shoes and maybe we would be able to get something else that we didn't have in the home yet. The most important thing from going up north is that with some of that money, our parents provided us with some land for our futures.
me three

San Antonio, TX

#5 Oct 16, 2008
This is to "ME TOO", I remember those saturday morning we had to get up and help our parents clean the house dust,mop,clean the widows,curtains, oh man did I hated that but I knew if i wanted something I had to help and it had to be not to expensive I had 4 more siblings. I was reading your comments and it took me back to those days. So innocent and care free. I also remember if i did not to what my mom told me like "RIGHT KNOW", she was going to give "UNA CHINGA", vien puesta. Back in the days was about respect you see this kids know a days they dont care all they care about is who has more even if they dont work for it. I have a teenager I applied what my mother thought me she does not like it one bit hey neither did I. She'll live. she will appreciate the little thing in life.
Que Pasa Raza

San Antonio, TX

#6 Oct 16, 2008
I remember when we had to walk home (many, many blocks)to eat during school lunch hour. Los del camposante did take tacos,good for them. Thou we could eat at Don Ramoncito or at school for a quarter,we walked home. It mus t have been those long walks, the going to work in the fields,the strict parents,and the lack many things that made of us strong. It gave us the courage and the will to move on to better things. We were not from the food stamp generation. The hard lessons we learned made us become good parents too. Too many generations have passed and somewhere along the line, many of the young people have changed before our eyes. Many won't listen to their parents, their teachers, and they don't communicate with their abuelitos because the young ones don't speak Spanish. They are missing los consejos de los abuelos.
Que pasa con la familia?????
ES Mas

Helotes, TX

#7 Oct 16, 2008
Es mas que la pobreza, la ignorancia,o la gente antiguada, son los valores de familia, los consejos de padres y abuelos, la firme disciplina y mucho carino de familia, que hizo la gran diferencia en nuestras vidas. we did not have indoor toilets, remember los "pozos Ciegos", ha, ha, o el escusado, o la casita, but now our kids have indoor toilets and they won't even help clean or take out the papers. Hell, if we even said, ok, o que, you could be sure your face would do a half-right or left, with Ma's hand-slap, o if you did not do your share of chores, you get some good fajazos, o beltings with a belt, shoe, or flyswatter, o tree branch,whatever was closer. ha, ha, I can laugh now, but it still smarts! But today, we don't really appreciate our parents, you see so many heartbroken families with grown adult teens and married children who are skyhigh on harder drugs like Coca, and meth, or worse, not even booze gets them as crazy anymore, not even pot. All I know that these evil days are here and we can make a difference in our families if we take the time to stop enabling our re-te-chiflados huercos, it takes a lot of prayer, a lot of reprimand, a lot of no's and no more indulging that will destroy our kids, it is never to late to go back to the old fashion discipline, if nothing else has worked. I remember my parents would tell us that "el pan ajeno hace al hijo bueno", and they would send us to boot camp with our uncles out of state and there we would learn what our parents meant. Maybe some of you remember the black and white T.V. and you had to go outside to turn the antenna on the roof to get better reception or least to see your cartoons, oh but now, many families have tv's in every room in the house. We got our share of going to the rebote de cebolla con Alejitos que en paz descanse, and we would go to the "spiga" that was our summer money to help buy our shoes, one pair for school and usually barefoot at home. We also had dresses made out of printed flour sacks, and were so happy to wear them because our mom made them for us. Hell, today you see kids with over 10 pairs of shoes, brand name! We are constantly changing some for the better some for the worse, but i will always believe that, "se sufre pero se aprende".
CALL ME THE FIREMAN

United States

#8 Oct 22, 2008
TheGreatPretender wrote:
I grew up way back in the 60's. No, not that good for me. There was too much poverty but we had good parents who were decent and responsible. They passed that on to us. I understand that for the younger generations of the 70's and 80's, it was much better. As for the youngest generations, they are ruining their own futures (in many cases)or at least making it very difficult. There are too many unwed parents,drugs,not enough discipline,too much dependence on parents and society in general. Now we even have an elementary school that is unacceptable. Social issues are everywhere, but that doesn't make it right.
Each individual has good or bad childhood memories. As a society, we should band together to make the best for our young children.
I agree with you.
Bad thing is all that wording is coming from TV,and not even our culture they are following they "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC THEY HEAR" What culture? Cell phones at a very young age like inportant kids. So mija can call me when she gets out or goes out. That there brings a big separation from cultures. Maybe someone need to look into those areas to keep it from happening to future kids.
crystal city lover

United States

#9 Oct 24, 2008
I love it here

Since: Nov 08

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#10 Nov 9, 2008
I moved out of Crystal about 6 yrs. ago but i will never regret growing up there.
El kasy

United States

#11 Apr 25, 2009
I lived behind the proyectos and those people are the more shareful ones on crystal city , from the youngest to the oldest.i was a migrant too and ecperience los taquitos de la labor ,creo que those are the best yo eat en un dia de campo jaja :) La educacion starts in the house.cuidense hay nos vemos, su amigo el Kasy.
memories

United States

#12 Apr 25, 2009
These posts sure do bring back some good memories. Even though it was tough on us back then and we didn't have much, we made the most of what we did have. And today we are all better people because of it.
El kasy

United States

#13 Apr 25, 2009
I wish a very happy up coming mothers day to all those hard working ladies that have a heart of CRYSTAL for their children all the time. Again feliz dia de la madres :) from. Kasy.
remember

Nashville, TN

#14 Apr 27, 2009
Yes, you can say CC was not a bad little town. I remember when I would go and see all those bands that would play at the ball room... La Sombra, Gary Hobbs, La Mafia, La Movida, Mazz..there was always a dance or two that you would be driving back and forth to decide which one you wanted to go to....and then after wards go and park in town watching the cars go by..
Over the hill

United States

#15 Apr 27, 2009
Yea I remember when I was a young kid, we would go visit our tios and tias. During that time you could play outside at night, games such as (la taqui) Tag or Hide an seak, la vibora de la mar, we play with marble and tops, go bike ride of course there were not ten speed bikes or stuff like that. Our parents use to have a station wagon and we would pick-up kids in the area to go to the little league games where some of my older brothers use to play. At the end of the little league season they use to show us a movie and we had free hot dogs and soda pop. Some of the dads and mothers did all of the cooking. The little league field use to be close to the airport.
unknown

San Antonio, TX

#16 Apr 27, 2009
Man such great memories,and they can't be brought back to reality..I remember going up north living on the farm and on the week-ends get visited by our tios and tias and visit our grandmother on Sundays after going to church.and everyone of us all went to church and then get breakfast that was served in the basement of the little church in N.D. and all the latino families from all over the area would go and it was great..It was a wonderful time to grow up then.And yep, on the week-ends help your parents do chores and enjoy being all together as a familia unlike today everyone going their own seperate ways. I very often think of those times and wish that I could re-live them cuz days like that i have never lived.You could play outside till way after dark and not worry about pedophiles or anything like that.And our children think that it was so lame but they don't know nothing de la buena vida. They need to go work en la labor con el asadon y comer tacos de frijoles o de papas y venir a descansar despues de trabajar todo el dia.pero esos dias ya no van a volver y nomas nos quedan las memorias y historias para contarles a nuestros hijos y acordarnos de la vida bonita que tuvimos. Bueno pos Que DIOS los benduga y que bueno que nos podemos acordar de nuestroa tiempos de nuestra juventud...
unknown

San Antonio, TX

#17 Apr 27, 2009
Sorry typo it should read "QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA".
Memories R Made of This

San Antonio, TX

#18 Apr 27, 2009
These were the days when Mom knew her responsibilities of cooking, washing, ironing, and yes, even sewing. That was on top of taking care of 5-10 kids. Dad had the responsibility of going to work to support the family, rain or shine, he worked. He took that responsibility very serious.That's why we loved them so much. Some are gone and hopefully they are now watching us and somehow know, that they did a good job.
thinking ahead

San Antonio, TX

#19 Aug 14, 2009
what the f@#$ is so great about growing up in crystalcity, crooks in city hall, chief of police sux, roads all messed up, no work, town never grows, people always being in your bussines, schools are always behind in all areas of studies, oh yea growing up in crystal is and was great. people who think that crystal is so great need to re-think, are we just used to it all that we just accept what we think we can't change that's why voting is so important we have to stand up and demand change, if we don't one else will, then crystal city will be a geart place for our children to grow up.
thinking ahead

San Antonio, TX

#20 Aug 14, 2009
(oops) if we don't no one else wiil, then crystal city will be a great place for our childrento grow up in.

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