What happened?

I grew up in Victoria. Nobody locked their doors. Neighbours knew neighbours. There was a field across the street where we'd play baseball.

I grew up in Victoria, B.C. Nobody locked their doors. Neighbours knew neighbours. There was a field across the street where we could play baseball. Sometimes my dad would join us. Good memories.

Our allowance was 31 cents — bus fare both ways six cents, 10 cents for a show, five cents for candy and one cent in our pocket.

On school days there was an officer on a motorcycle.

He made sure you were going to school. His last name was Addison.

In the winter there was a nine o’clock gun when we heard that we were off the street. In the summer we were off the street when the lights came on.

The worst thing we did was pick a few flowers for mom, in case we were late.

It worked for awhile. I can’t remember any vandalism.

There was a curfew. No kids on the street. What happened?

Bernice Carlaw

Vernon