It’s Amazing We All Lived

You may have seen this– it’s been around, but I still think it’s funny.  I’ve got a few comments I’ll add along the way.

Those Born 1930-1979

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 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 were pregnant.  not advocating this, but many did survive it. 

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.  cars do go faster these days, and drivers are not as considerate.  And after Shane being in Liberia — I’ll take the ar seat and seat belts. 

 Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.  I sure do miss this–

 We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.  nothing like that first warm drink.  On second thought, I’d trade that for a bottle of water. 

 We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.  not advocating this either but what about becoming "blood sisters" with your best friend. 

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!  ah those nights playing kickball until the streetlight came on.

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, Nintendos, 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.  nor were there doctors that questioned whether the fall was an accident or abuse.  When Shane took Bubba for x-rays a few days ago, he felt that he was being examined. 

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.  Just for the record I never ate worms nor mud pies but I sure thought it was fun making them.  I did have a friend that was too prissy for making mudpies, but I liked her anyway. 

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.  And there are the many games of cowboys and indians we played with our cousins.

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 HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!   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.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!  not me– but I do want to go ride in the back of the pickup. 

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 ofAllegiance?"


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  1. My dad just sent this to me. I was thinking the same thing. THe world is a little different than when we were kids. I still advocate being more careful. THe world isn't as innocent as it once was.



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