If you are born btw 1930-1979


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 regula ted so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

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


The quote of the month is 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 and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
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You know, I miss those days!! grin cool
This is all so true. Gone are the good old days. I have shown this to many friends and they also agree. You really know how to put things into perspective. Good on you.
god wasn't in the pledge of allegiance, and then god was, and then god wasn't, and now god is. leno used this as a joke. I don't suppose that there is any current popular movement to remove god from the pledge, however, should there be, I'm all for it....hedi
Although I PERSONALLY like it there as a person of Faith, America was a country founded on the principle of freedom OF religion. Conversely, that also means freedom FROM religion. Not everyone agrees with those of us who believe; they have that right.
Bring back the happy dayscheers cheers wave
Very well said.those were the good old days and they are missed..
Thanx everyone for your relpies , comments and remineces.

First, which i forgot to add to the blog when i posted it latenite, was that this was a forward and in no way like to take credit for something well written.

second, yes , i know to some of you i might sound young, but not all of us grew up in usa or western countries and also we all see how the new generations from X to Y generations are becoming. even forget the X and y generations , even in our own generation, ppl are fear driven, media prone and in general dont give a second thought to any matter.

i have to say, i still drink from the tap water, and i always say it taste better:) i used to play outside with the boys , till culturally i couldnt, still climbed trees , built stuff from scratch , got older learned how to do simple electrical, plumbing , cable,.....

my point is , our fathers and some of my lucky generation god to experiance life the good and the bad , to rely on ourselves, to fix stuff. these days, and i know most of u agree, most parents, are so scared that they might do something wrong, or get charge by neglect if the kid scraps his/ her leg.

i love technology, and how it helped our lives and how it made the world a global village , but also in life there is a balance. we have computer addicts, overweight kids who rather not play outside or play ball in backyard or build something from scratch. yes life is hard now , but life was never easy , its always hard relatively.

anyways, i loved this forward and i knew majority will love it too , so enjoy :)
Yes, these were good old days! Thanks for having reminded it to me.
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I had a check at this, Dawn4ever. Thanks for that. Sadly, everything your blog mentions is true. I cannot imagine being a parent these days with so much popular wisdom against proper parenting. I would definitely like to turn on my kids to books, for example, but the odds are so stacked against such a habit when society gives equal credence to promotion channels like Wikipedia v. Encyclopedia Britannica, for example. When any tin-hat crackpot can self-publish on Amazon, that can then recommend such a book, why would my kid(s) make the trip to a brick and mortar bookstore to browse a shelf?

I am also afraid that living real life is being mediated/medicated through “social media” technology. How will these future adults, even ones I would parent, manage in a society of their generation that cannot communicate without emoticons and enoji? (I mean, I see this even now – how much more so in 20 year’s time?!)

At least we can chuckle.
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