05-11-2006, 08:29 PM

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

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 chatrooms..........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



And 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 our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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

05-12-2006, 04:10 AM
Kind of strange that we survived.


Gayle in MD
05-12-2006, 09:47 AM
Makes me want to take my shoes off and run through the sprinkler!

We walked to the grocery store for Mom everyday with a list of what she needed, and signed the book for the bill they sent her at the end of the month.

We kids took coke bottles and milk bottles in for the deposit and used the money for everything from cherry cokes, when we were little, to gas for the car when we started driving.

We made baby clothes for our dolls out of old socks, and ink out of those purple berries in the woods.

Having to stop to eat was punishment.

Only Dad or Mom could change the TV channel, and they had to get up to do it.

We had a race to be first to lick the back of the Dixie cup top to see whose picture would show up under the ice cream.

Going to the movies on saturday afternoon was the big event of the week, and the only time we sat still for over an hour, except in school, which we all hated.

We ran around bare foot in the dark catching lightning bugs, and used them for night lights in our rooms that night.

Girl's wallets were think with pictures of friends, and scrape books were full of match packs, straws and torn movie tickets.

Getting "Pinned" was a big deal, and getting "Pinned by the captain of the football team was the biggest deal possible.

We went "Steady" which meant that you only held hands with one boy, and if you had a guy who could dance, you had everything.

The only drugs we knew about were asprin, alka-seltzer pennicillyn, and pepto-bismal, and they cured everything.

Summer school was a community get together on the playground where you went to learn how to make pot holders, lariets, and play softball.

We knew the names of all the policemen in our town, all the crossing gaurds, and all the teachers, and where they lived.

Before the arrival of the Dishwasher, ....
Washing the dishes together in the evenings was the best time of the day, and the time when Mom sat down, and we did all the talking, and she couldn't wait to hear all the news of our day.

Parental guidence meant..."Do as I say, not as I do"
"As long as you live under my roof."
"You are to be seen and not heard."
"Well when you're a Mother, then you can be mean."
and all other forms of "No child of mine" instructions, and rules.

Mother's and Father's day gifts could be put in the "Willcall" at the drugstore, and paid upon weekly, and if you ran short, you could work out a deal to do sweeping or window washing to make up the difference.

You felt safe in your bed at night, and didn't know what was happening on the other side of the world, and didn't care.

What a great life it was back then....

Gayle in Md.

Gayle in Md.

05-12-2006, 11:13 AM
God...Please let us turn back the clocks.......mike