Friday, December 2, 2011

To All Who Survived.....

This was emailed to me recently, and I loved it.  I remember these days with a smile on my face, and more than a few scars from bicycle accidents, etc.  These were the good old days, and I wish my son had grown up this way...

To All 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.

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.

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, 
22 rifles for our 12th, 
rode horses,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 1925-1970

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 ?


Mellodee said...

And we had more fun, learned more about accountability, learned about consequences, and were content more often than not! We had "childhoods", not cocooned, over-protected, extended schooling, "absolutely-must-cram-something-into-every second-of-every-days"!

And we were better for it!

Anonymous said...

This so true and I never thought I would say this but I do miss those days.