Monday, May 18, 2009

To Those of You Born 1930 - 1979

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no clildproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would rise in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared on soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight.

WHY? Because we were always outside playing....that's why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to sole the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.


and we went out and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors,

doesn't it?

~ Quote by Jay Leno !

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu (this year it's swine flu my insert) and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

I received this as an e-mail from a friend. It was so good I wanted to share it here.

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Oh Sew Good said...

We think we can take God out. Who are they kidding?

Oh Sew Good said...

My first post should have said...
"They" think they can take God out. Who are "they" kidding.

Mari said...

It's great - and so true! Thanks for sharing it.

Debra said...

Good morning Susan! Yep I was one of them! I remember being a kid, third and fourth grade running barefoot all over the city streets of New Orleans...the area that is referred to as the infamous 9th Ward, somehow I survived it all pretty intact!

Loved reading this post, it's all so true.

Lisa said...

Yes! I survived!

Brought back memories of riding bikes with all our friends in the neighborhood.
Loved the last quote.


Oh, yes, I have made and eat more mud pies that I can count. Most all of this is true. I wonder how we made it. Could it have been that for the most part is how it should be now I say for the most part. My mom did smoke along with some of the other things. I feel for kids today who can't be outside and living and learning that God made it all, He even made them and takes care of them. connie

Betty said...

These are all so true and it makes me feel sorry for those that haven´t experienced these things!

Joy said...

I'm a survivor!!!
My only seatbelt was my mom's arm that she flung across me everytime she had to slam on brakes.


This Country Girl said...

I was one of those kids and boy did this bring back good memories! I remember making many mud pies, playing outside barefoot, riding my bike all over the neighborhood and putting my feet up on the handlebars or even riding people on the handlebars! lol! And would you believe my brother and I rode in the back of a pickup truck all the way from Arkansas to Alabama and we thought we were so cool! :) Yep, those were the good ole days! I wish my kids knew those times!

Have a great week, Susan!

Kathy said...

Those are all good, Susan. I remember my brothers and my sister and I being outside for hours....I don't remember my Mom making sure she put her eye on me every 10 or 15 minutes. I miss those days-I miss that world we used to have. We need God more than ever!

The Things We Carried said...

I LOVE this, Susan. I often thought of these things while keeping up with the kids I have been raising.

Carla said...

With no cell phones! Now if a child doesn't have one it is almost concidered neglect on the parents part.
Loving the last paragraph!

Crystal said...

I'm glad the happy mail arrived! Enjoy!!!!

Pam said...

We live in a culture of fear now and I hate it! If we could get a little of that innocence back huh? My boys have lived such a different life than I did growing up. I could play outside and yes, mom would tell me to come home when I saw the street lights coming on. My boys rarely are out of our yard without us.

Maxine said...

Oh, how well I remember so much of this. So very true!!!

Dan said...

When I was little I wanted some candy, something my mom never kept around the house. I remembered that the children's aspirin tasted pretty good, so I ate some. Not satisfied "I decided to" try all the other medicines. They were not bad enough to make me stop so I continued on my little expedition. Finally I got hold of some of that Vick's stuff we use to put in those old vaporizers,... do you remember those? (hint, don't ever drink it) That cured my medicine tasting adventures on a dime and from that moment forth. No more need for child proof bottle in our house. Who knows the many different ways that I've applied that little piece of self home education to my life since. Thank God I survied my childhood.

groovyoldlady said...

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone...but the bebe gun? The one I got when I was 10? I used it to shoot my best friend's dad's underwear full of holes while they they hung on the clothesline. Oh, and it wasn't me who shot out the window on the vacant house. No, REALLY, it wasn't!