Tuesday, February 06, 2007

A retired school employee gave me this

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
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 Play stations, 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 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 yelled
for them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine

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!

Wow, I actually did so much of that, from playing with friends to being cut from the baseball team to drinking out of the garden hose. We really did have a good life, didn't we.

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