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If you survived the 30's,40's,50's,60's,70's read this!

June 21st, 2005, 10:16 PM
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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 children, we would ride in cars with no 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 soda pop with sugar in it, 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
99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell
phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
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!
This generation has 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
And YOU are one of them! 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! our lives for our own good.
and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

June 22nd, 2005, 09:02 AM
I have to say although it may relate more to the older generations, I was born in 1980 and can remeber all these things as my child hood. Especially being gone all day and only to come back when the street lights were on.

Some of course are out of my league but as I raise my 9 year old stepdaughter it is so different. If I could choose what generation I would want to grow up in I think I would miss out on so much if I grew up in this day and age.

We are moving on monday to a house (thank god) and I already told MAriah that she will be outside not watching TV this summer. We have been in apartment and I don't even let her go to the garbage shoot by herself. I will feel better on a street where she can run and play.

June 22nd, 2005, 09:20 AM
lol You teach some what, what you learn, i always remember my mom telling me when i was about 2 my grandmother babysitting me and mom mom walked in and i was staning on the counter with an 8 inch knife, helping to cut oranges for orange juice,

generations of no fear