McDonald’s Was Better When We Were Kids
Laura Lee - April 16, 2018

Happiest Days

By Edward H. Donnelly

I said to the little children,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And their bright eyes opened wider In innocent amaze.
For their happiness was so perfect,
They did not know it then;
"Oh, no," they said, "there'll be happier days
When we are women and men."

I said to the youth and maiden,
"You are living your happiest days,"
And into their sparkling eyes there crept
A dreamy, far-off gaze;
And their hands sought one another,
And their cheeks flushed rosy red;
" Oh, no," they said, " there'll be happier days
For us when we are wed."

I said to the man and woman,
"You are living your happiest days,"
As they laughingly watched together
Their baby's cunning ways.
"These days are days of labor.
They can hardly be our best;
There'll be happier days when the children are grown,
And we have earned our rest."

I said to the aged couple,
"You are living your happiest days,"
Your children do you honor,
You have won success and praise.
" With a peaceful look they answered,
"God is good to us, that's true: But we think there are happier days for us
In the life we're going to."

One of the biggest joys of childhood was clearly going to McDonald’s. It was a special event that didn’t happen often. Our parents weren’t fully supportive of it for some reason. It was like going to an amusement park with the most delicious food ever. Not only did we get an epic chicken nuggets and french fries meal, but we also got an awesome toy as well as a massive playground that we declared ourselves the royalty of.

Obviously, the happy meal was legendary, although our parents had a rule that we had to finish our food before opening the toy.  Ordering McNuggets was pretty much the standard, especially since it’s not like there was actually another healthy option. Even apple slices didn’t yet exist. And the recently added yogurt to their menu can be forgotten right about now.

It was all about the nuggets, fries, and soda and tearing apart that plastic bag with that toy that brought us more joy than anything else in the world.  The best toys were without a doubt the Beanie Babies, and it was complete heaven when they started becoming a part of the happy meal.

But even the coolest of toys couldn’t keep any child entertained for long enough. That’s why McDonald’s had the Play Place that had us wanting plastic tunnels all day, every day. Remember how there were both indoor and outdoor play places?

Living somewhere cold like Canada meant the outdoor Play Places were mostly closed, and all the tunnels smelled like a deep fryer. And we all of course got stuck at least once with the weird kid that refused to move off the top of the slide.  Some of the outdoor playgrounds even had a merry-go-round.

Basically, McDonald’s when we were kids was the greatest place on earth and will always have a large place in our hearts.