Tuesday, June 13, 2006

We Survived

The following was sent to me from a friend and I thought it was good. I am posting it with some additions and changes.

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 carried us.

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

After that trauma, our beds and walls were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles. Doors and cabinets were not childproof. 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 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, white bread and real butter and drank soft drink 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 at dusk. 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, no cable, no video tape movies, The three television stations went off the air and there was no television on late at night. No cell phones, our phones had a cord and a dial, no pushbuttons, no cordless phones, no voice mail. If they were not home it just rang. If they were on the phone you got a busy signal. 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 slingshot for our 10th birthdays, we 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!

Under 12 football 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 TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

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?



Blogger Karen said...

LOL Yes, give me those scissors ;-) Those were the good days, really. We grew from learing to get through the hard times and we learned RESPECT. That is something kids these days don't seem to have (the majority).

Thanks for the smiles and bringing back memories.

*HUGS* Have a fabulous day!

June 13, 2006 5:37 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Great post. I love the parts about no parent bailing us out. We are responsible for ourselves. Thanks for doing this.

June 13, 2006 6:32 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

A great post, times have changed so much and we are not better for it of that is my opinion---and we all have them.

You always have such great post here, thank you for the time you take to share. I caught up on each post and as always have enjoyed myself so much here at your place. When I am away for several days, I am lost but upon return I catch up.

June 13, 2006 11:04 AM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

Ha...I have survived countless "scissor runs". Falling out of trees, now THAT has left a mark or two...

June 13, 2006 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always here kids today say how bored they are. Those words never crossed my lips. I knew that I'd be given a chore if I did.

Great list.

June 13, 2006 9:57 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi Raggedy, those sort of lists always give us a warm glow, maybe it's just pride in having survived??

June 13, 2006 10:34 PM  

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