Friday, June 30, 2006

Congrats to pre 1980's children

My sister (born 1965) sent me the following:



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

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

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and
when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks
we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special

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, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with
sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE WERE ALWAYS

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
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 Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,
no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 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 yelled for 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!

This generation has 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
And YOU are one of them!


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


At Friday, June 30, 2006 9:47:00 PM, Blogger Tina T-P said...

Just stumbled into your blog - it does kind of make you wonder how we got past our first birthday - let alone our 21st Ha, ha. T.

At Friday, June 30, 2006 10:09:00 PM, Blogger jw said...

Hi, T. I just past my 58th birthday and I don't have too many defects to show for it all.

At Saturday, July 01, 2006 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Granny said...

Hi Jerry

How true. I didn't wear shoes (except to church) from the day school let out until it started back up in September.

I still don't unless I must. Some of us never grow up completely.

Blog fixed. Angela genius.

At Saturday, July 01, 2006 3:25:00 AM, Blogger Mary P. said...

I've seen variations of this about, and I love it. We are just so risk-phobic these days, hovering and over-protective, and it does our children no favours!

I was a barefoot kid, too. We would head out in the morning to go play, and my mother, like all the other mothers on the street, would call us in for lunch by standing on the step and yelling. When one of us heard a mother calling, all of us would go home. We're all still alive to tell the tale!

At Monday, July 03, 2006 10:51:00 PM, Blogger Worried said...

I compare my children to my great grandchildren and their peers, and Oh My!! What a difference in their shaping and molding; I wonder what kind of adults they will become.

JW, thank you for your comment on Is America Burning. We DO need reminders, and it is incumbent upon the adults to ascertain that the younger generation reads and understands the Declaration AND the Constitution and brought to understand what they are being robbed of today --because they are NOT being taught that in schools.

At Friday, July 14, 2006 7:49:00 PM, Blogger Andie D. said...

This is GREAT!

Makes me wonder what kind of guidelines/restrictions/safety concerns out kids will have with our grandkids.

At Sunday, July 16, 2006 2:05:00 PM, Blogger Granny said...

Here's what my comments look like. See the difference?

For a while, granny fiddler and I were both granny. She called me granny no fiddle and then she changed hers.

At Tuesday, August 08, 2006 6:23:00 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I was born in 1978....I can't believe I am now starting to be included "in the olden days discussions...." gasp!!!

At Thursday, August 17, 2006 1:09:00 AM, Blogger achromic said...

actually so did die of it.... mengintis kills.....


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