Monday, November 1, 2010

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

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 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 childproof 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 ride 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 one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank FLAV- OR- 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 OKAY.

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 solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, 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.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

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

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

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. What can kids today do besides push buttons!

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

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?


:cassia marie: said...

that is awesome.

Linda Brytak said...

a child of the 60's who ran all day long or rode my bike which braked by back peddling. I too remember all those days. TV was only watched on Saturday night, then it was Ed Sullivan. we had chores. How did we survive without all the safety paraphernalia our children have? hmm and no one on tv used vulgar language either. my my how things have changed. I sound like my mother looking back to the 'good ol' days" ugh

Amanda said...

MAN I wish I lived back then..

[Found your blog through 'Next Blog' and just had to chime in.]

Kricket said...

Amen to that sista!

Scratch the hostile fay said...

My daddy used a belt.

........Only had to do it once, too. We learned dayyyum that man meant BUISNESS.

>waves wildly< hiiiiiiiiii


Big Dave said...

I just turned 60 in July, so your comments really hit home. I am also a Latter-day Saint and I also write a blog in which I comment on subjects that I hope are interesting to members of the Church. Check it out sometime at:

LinWots said...

That's great! Nice memories!

ohh-TheFundamentalsOfAllahna! said...

DOOD! that is awsome ... and ur right all us kids from now or whatever dont have all the cool stuff u had back then ...:D now i really do feel like running with scissors xD

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Passed this on to our mom and she had a good laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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Shannon Foxy said...

I wish I could say the same....I was born in 1997 but I wish it was 1967. I think we were all better off the way things were back then.

Emma said...

I was born in 84 and I have to say that kinda sounds like my childhood. Well, except for the spanking bit.
Also we lived on a farming estate and old farm machinery made for good climbing frames!?!
(found your blog on next blog and found this post very true)



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Anonymous said...

was born in africa 1984. And all tht rings a bell. It was ma childhood and nw its sad tht all tht is jus 27 yrs i've watched the world change and not necessarily for the better... Awesome blog

Sassy said...

oh thank God!!! I was beginning to think I was the only "oldie but goodie" out there in blogger land!!It's so comforting to know there are others!I sit in church behind the man who used to deliver our milk! Remember those glass bottles on the front porch? It was a wonderous age full on freedoms our children will never know or understand. I loved it all. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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