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IGETEVEN 01-07-2010 05:02 PM

We are Awesome....................
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,


OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!

To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1970 :D

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

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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-based 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 and 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, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-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, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, 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 those 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 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..

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

If YOU are one of those born between 1930-1970, 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.

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?


NGIB 01-07-2010 05:08 PM

Bravo Jack. Amazing we made it with all we had to live thru huh?

canebrake 01-07-2010 05:09 PM

Jack, I think you got them all.

That or I forgot some!

Fun read.

CA357 01-07-2010 05:36 PM

Geez, it's a wonder we're alive. Can you say nanny state boys and girls? :rolleyes:

skullcrusher 01-07-2010 06:40 PM

Good read, Jack. We are awesome!

dunerunner 01-07-2010 06:47 PM

Nice list Jack!! Amazing!!

TXnorton 01-07-2010 06:48 PM

Yeah, WE are awesome. But who let all of this nanny state and political correctness BS get by us over the last 30-40 years?

Why do our children's generation have such different expectations than what we had?

orangello 01-07-2010 08:10 PM

1971 here, but as the youngest of four (by 7 years) i was able to enjoy/survive most of the things you listed.

Dillinger 01-07-2010 08:32 PM

Just squeaked in under the wire, but I have done just about everything on that list and still made it through to adulthood....

Excellent read Jack.


Highpower 01-07-2010 08:42 PM

When I was a young'un, we had a summer ritual that ALL the neighborhood kids participated in. The county health dept had pickup trucks that drove slowly through the streets with huge mosquito foggers mounted in the bed. Those things would put out an incredible cloud of pesticide throughout the neighborhood and all us kids would follow directly behind the truck for miles on our bicycles, riding through the fog. Parents would occasionally mention that maybe we shouldn't do that, but never really pressed the issue. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.

And you don't know what a "whoopin" is until you've been on the receiving end of Grandpa's 5 inch wide leather razor strop! :eek:

Don't know how I've made it this long.... :p

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