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November 03, 2010

Food For Thought


To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1970: 
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME!!!
OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF!!!
At the end of this post is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.  If you don't read anything else, please
Read what he said.  Very well stated, Mr. Leno.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

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 put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets.

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.
WHY?

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 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 and X-boxes.
There were No video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no 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 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, 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 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 1925-1970, 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?

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The quote of the month

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?"

5 comments:

Shari said...

heheh Super Quote by Jay Leno!

mccall said...

What a powerful message. I am not from that generation, but I have always admired the simplicity of how life was back then. I wish we could go back to the basics. Thanks so much for sharing.

Ron a.k.a. Danudin said...

Added food for thought though was that no matter which ydecade we were born in, there were old codgers who told us we had it too easy, Cause "In thier day......." all ages have to deal with advancement, I just feek sorry for the restrictions our stupidity have allowed to be placed on the Young who we have told that it is dangerous to do such things cause we care about them. As someone else said the "Road to Heck is paved with Good Intentions".
Points of view change, ask the kids.

Patty Ann said...

Yep, you are so right!! I was raised in the 60's and 70's and I am a very independent woman today. I think there is a lot said about raising kids that way. Love the quote by Jay Leno. I think that one says it all.

Stacey said...

Hello!
I am new to your blog:)
That Jay Leno Quote is great, I was just checking out your ABC photo challenge- what an awesome idea! I think I am going to jump in & try it- if that's okay!?

Nice to 'meet' you-Stacey