Born in the 50s



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    p ut to sleep on our tummies   in baby cribs
     w ith 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,   Nintendo  
and X-boxes. There were
No video games,
No 150 channels on cable,

No video movies
Or DVDs,

No surround-sound or
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

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,

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

And not everyone
Made the team.

Those who didn’t
Had to learn

To deal with

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 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,
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 ?

The quote of
the month 

Jay Leno:

  “With Covid19,  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?”

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