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TO ALL THE KIDSWHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

April 5th, 2007, 02:42 PM
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 koolade 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



If 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 so much of our lives

for our own good

And 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 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?"

For those that prefer to think that God is n ot watching over us....go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us.....pass this on.

April 5th, 2007, 02:52 PM
AMEN!!!!!!!! What the hell happend to this world??And what i dont get is now there is a pill for everything,ADD,RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME,etc etc etc.I mean what is Restless leg syndrome anyway!!!!

Rick C
April 5th, 2007, 03:02 PM
My mother smoked roll-your-owns . . . . we'd pile into the car to go to the city to buy two weeks supply of groceries and she'd smoke all the way with the windows up in the car, pretty much killing every living thing inside, including the kids.

I can't tell you how many times I scaped the skin off my back falling off my bike on the gravel road out front of the house. WAAAAAAHHH!!!!

I have an uncle the same age as me . . . . I was out at their farm one time when another uncle shot the younger guy in the ear with a BB gun. My grandfather took a pocket knife to the offending bb stuck in my uncle's ear and, amid much crying, dug it out.

I had the skin on my leg scraped off by the spokes of a motorcycle when one uncle took me for a wee drive around the pasture and we fell over.

Ah . . . . the salad days.

Rick C

April 5th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Oh the good ole days!! I even remember playing outside all day til either my dad came out and did that loud whistle he would do,or it got dark,going over to friends house and her mom would be puffing away,there was no laying around watching tv,it was about getting all our friends together and play touch football,it seems the more advanced the world gets,the worse the world becomes..Oh yeah wait i think they have a pill for that to.

April 5th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Or hanging out in the woods and my brother would build the coolest forts and stuff...

April 5th, 2007, 03:15 PM
I mean what is Restless leg syndrome anyway!!!!
Its strange but I thought I had it because I get very unpleaseant sensations in one of my legs, thank goodness it is only some of the time or it would drive me mad. The veins in that leg are also very dark and stick out quite a bit so maybe it is just varicose veins for some people.:shrug:
What causes restless legs syndrome?

In most cases, the cause of RLS is unknown (referred to as idiopathic). A family history of the condition is seen in approximately 50 percent of such cases, suggesting a genetic form of the disorder. People with familial RLS tend to be younger when symptoms start and have a slower progression of the condition.

In other cases, RLS appears to be related to the following factors or conditions, although researchers do not yet know if these factors actually cause RLS.
People with low iron levels or anemia may be prone to developing RLS. Once iron levels or anemia is corrected, patients may see a reduction in symptoms.
Chronic diseases such as kidney failure, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and peripheral neuropathy are associated with RLS. Treating the underlying condition often provides relief from RLS symptoms.
Some pregnant women experience RLS, especially in their last trimester. For most of these women, symptoms usually disappear within 4 weeks after delivery.
Certain medications-such as antinausea drugs (prochlorperazine or metoclopramide), antiseizure drugs (phenytoin or droperidol), antipsychotic drugs (haloperidol or phenothiazine derivatives), and some cold and allergy medications-may aggravate symptoms. Patients can talk with their physicians about the possibility of changing medications.

Researchers also have found that caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco may aggravate or trigger symptoms in patients who are predisposed to develop RLS. Some studies have shown that a reduction or complete elimination of such substances may relieve symptoms, although it remains unclear whether elimination of such substances can prevent RLS symptoms from occurring at all.Full article:

April 5th, 2007, 03:21 PM
That was great, Heidi! :highfive: Lots of nostalgic reminders of how things used to be.. in a different...and safer world.:cloud9:

April 5th, 2007, 03:32 PM
I just still cant get over how everything was so different back then and simple .

April 5th, 2007, 05:27 PM
My sister e mailed it to me,and it made me think of all the fun times back in the day.I remember my girlfriend telling me her nephew (who is 5) his x mas list,i pod,xbox,motorcycle,and it is no wonder kids nowadays are the way they are..I was in the store the other day and this kid was crying that he wanted the cool sandals and i asked the dad how old he was and he said 2,that is enough to scare me out of having kids

April 5th, 2007, 08:43 PM
I grew up in the 80's and that list applies to me too.

My family lived on a farm...cows,chickens,goats,ducks,horses you name it we had it and I can remember we had this plastic culvert ( large drainage tube placed under roads to drain water from ditches in case someone doesn't know :) )
And my cousins and I would roll the stupid thing all the way up this huge hill we had in our yard,climb inside and roll down and OMG was it fun.
Or we would ride our bikes down to the train tracks by my house and put coins on the tracks before the train came so it would flatten them, and not once did my parents tell me not to play on the tracks.
The thing I loved most was wading around in the ditches in the spring and catching frogs then we'd take them home and race them lol.

My friends and I found this big flat triangle rock and I used nail polish to paint our names onto it and the date and left it by the entrance to our fort.
12 years later there was a forest fire near our house and one of the fire fighters who was out fighting it found the rock and brought it to me!!!!
It survived the fire and you could still read it!! I told him to put it back where he found it, I think I will venture out there this summer and see if I can find it again.

My parents rarely worried where I was, I knew everything I could about country life so they were confident I could handle myself.
And I was 7 years old!! I took risks, broke bones, stayed out past dark in the bush, played in water over my head, and too many other things to list that nowadays a kid would be in trouble for.....and I am alive to tell about it!!

Oh and my bf has restless leg syndrome :p , it is apparently very uncomfortable to the point where he cannot fall asleep at night sometimes and gets up an paces the house.
He said it feels like thousands of bugs crawling inside your legs yuck!
He takes calcium pills for it (very natural herbal supplement) and they help him.

April 5th, 2007, 08:48 PM
To funny,yep the 80's were pretty fun,and who would of thought so many had r l s??What did they call it back then i wonder??I understand the bug sensation thing and that is horrible..

April 7th, 2007, 06:57 PM
Meh. I think the changes are mostly for the better.

Consider some of the things not mentioned in the list.

Smoking: Would you really want to go back to offices and stores filled with a blue haze? Kids growing up in homes where nobody thought anything was wrong with the place smelling like an ashtray and visibility around 5 feet? Ashtrays brimming with butts in every mall, cab, car, office, in the country? Wanna go back to that?

Superbugs and chemical contamination. It was safer to be less hygienic back then than it is now. The environment was alot less contaminated with chemicals, and all the antibiotics still worked.

General safety. Kids toys back in the 70s were made without any safety in mind whatsoever. I remember I used to have a die cast, solid metal Jaguar fighter plane, about a foot long. I was playing with a friend with it one day, and accidentally dropped it point-first onto his head. It stuck! Plenty of blood. Fortunately no lasting damage, at least, not that I ever heard of ... that day still haunts me even now.

Litter. Before the big ad campaigns against litter in the early 80s, I remember nobody thought much of tossing their garbage out the window of the car or just leaving it lying in the street. And disposable crap was all the rage. Result? Streets and roadways just covered in styrofoam and spray cans and assorted crap. Even out in the wilderness, I would sometimes find little piles of beer cans and food wrappers and other junk, wherever people had been. Still do, sometimes, but not nearly as often. Recycling? Hahahaha!!! Unheard-of. Picking up after yourself or waiting to get home in put things in the garbage? Why ... the street crews will get it. Sidewalks are there so you'll have a spot to dump the ashtray in your car. etc etc.

Naw ... I don't wanna go back.

April 7th, 2007, 07:24 PM
I kind of agree with Edgewaters....

My mom smoked tons when she was preggers with me and I wish she hadn't. And statistically, the world is a safer place now, we're just so afraid of everything that we ruin it for ourselves... :o

You could say the kids growing up in the 80's were safer than the ones growing up in the 50's, right? And I know less of my friends had died by my 20th birthday than my dad's up to his 20th.. :shrug: