Monday, February 19, 2007

How Did We Ever Survive?

Maybe I am part of the last generation who has experienced the following as a kid growing up. I was in junior high in the late 80's and I remember doing a lot of stuff that kids don't do today. (And vice versa.) But in some cases, I'm glad that we have come a long way.
I didn't write the following...

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's & 80'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-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 infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, 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 punch made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because ....


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 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or 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 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.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

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?"


Steve said...

Great post. And I like Jay's quote. I grew up outside and I am so glad I did.

trazomfreak said...

So did I.

I couldn't wait to come home, do my homework so that I could ride my bike outside (without a helmet) till dark. My mom would have a hard time getting me inside for dinner.

My cousin and I would play "GI Joe" but WE were the characters. (I was always Scarlet.)

I did remember riding in the back of a truck...and even remember lying down so that we wouldn't get caught.

Water from the hose always tasted soooo good after biking in a hot day!

What happened?

Steve said...

I think TV and weak parenting happened.

Anonymous said...

Especially TV

trazomfreak said...

Weak parenting.

I like to think of it as "lazy" parenting.

The TV is definately the babysitter.

Parents may also live beyond their means to have children. You can't have the nice home/car and think that you don't have to sacrifice something in order to maintian that kind of living.

When it comes down to it if it all went up in flames, you'd only have each other anyway.

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