NO MATTER WHAT OUR KIDS AND THE NEW GENERATION THINK ABOUT US,
WE ARE AWESOME !!!
Our Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!
To Those of Us Born 1925 – 1955:
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s !!
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 a glass 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 .. .
We played hide n seek or Kick-the-Can after Supper.
And, we were OKAY.
We read real books, and learned to write on Big Chief Tablets. Correct Spelling was important.
We would spend hours building 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 Switches, or 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 tablets or 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 belts, 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 didn’t 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.
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
The past 60 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 1925-1955, 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, share this with your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.~~~~~~~
The quote of the month comes from Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornadoes , 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?”