Skip to comments.To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979
Posted on 05/31/2013 6:21:29 AM PDT by IbJensen
To: Those of You Born 1930 - 1979
At the end is a quote of the month attributed to Jay Leno.. If you don't read anything else, Please read what he Said.
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.
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-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode Our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & 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.
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 O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them 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 and X-boxes. There were no video games, 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 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 these accidents.
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 our 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 how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them?
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 ?
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thund erstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks. Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
A Small Prayer!
God determines who walks into your life.....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer:
God bless my friend in whatever it is that You know they may need this day!
And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity, and power
as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with you.
IN GOD WE TRUST
This is a common story of our childhood that was unfettered by a central socialist government.
The list neglects the practice of becoming blood brothers.
Actually I know someone who DID lose an eye.
Playing fort with real firecrackers.
Guess how many little boys did this in our community after he lost his eye.
Sometimes your job in life is to serve as a warning to others. We got warned real good.
one can never be so bad as to not be able to serve as a horrible example
It sure was. I know. I lived it.
(And no, it wasn’t in the 1930s...)
Somewhere along the line..it became, if not illegal then irresponsible for your kids to get out of your sight. And if they do something slightly risky, or even stupid like kids do, then it wasn’t kids being kids but your fault for not continously supervising them.
Powerful. Thank you.
You bet I’ll be passing this on!
We weren’t allowed to play on the res.
Well, he’s a really great guy. Married now with kids, good job, etc. But the glass eye WAS creepy when we were kids. And he kept having to get new ones as he grew. And they could never get the color just like his other eye either.
I’m sure if there’d been a law against playing fort with real firecrackers he’d have done it anyways. We’re that sort of people down south.
While likely true in its conclusions, the saying, at least for me, is difficult to believe that Jay Leno ever said it.
If ever there was a more overpaid, pampered, pumped up semblance of a ‘comedian’ he is it. He hasn’t written his own jokes for years, I’d guess. Just a network puppet that the Execs decided was a good replacement for Johnny Carson.
Don’t believe it.
Ah, the big wheel. We had a lot of fun with it. Even when we were way too old to ride it. We’d push each other down the steep hill and get going really fast. BTW, it was impossible to stop the thing when you are going that fast with the pedals spinng too fast and the plastic wheel against concrete was useless. Lol.
Built a tree house without a permit or an inspector
A big one you left out:
Either at school or at a friend’s house - if you messed up, the teacher, principal or your friend’s parent, kicked your butt for being a little jerk - THEN, they called your folks, which was worse because you knew another beat-down was coming.
These days, discipling someone else’s kid is simply unheard of - you don’t dare even look cross-eyed at someone else’s misbehaving brat, for fear of a lawsuit.
Great post - thanks.
HAHAHAHA!!! That's right! Thank you for making me laugh this morning. :-)
Excellent post and excellent point though my wife does occasionally ask if I swallowed any lead paint chips...; )
when I was a 7 year old kid, I foolishly tried to become blood brothers with a big orange tom cat. Well, he of course went crazy and started screaming and scratching at me. Worst thing was I couldn’t escape because my hand was tightly tied to his paw, so I just screamed and spun in circles while this crazy tom cat tied to my hand continued to howl, bite and claw.
Another thing I will always remember being raised outside the eastern city limits of Columbus, Ohio:
Being able to ride my bicycle to the movies and all around the edges of the city without fear. When I was 11 I could ride the bus to downtown by myself. No one feared lurking homosexuals who would prey on children as they do now.
As a newsboy I read the daily paper from front to back. There were no kidnappings, rapes or molestation of children. I’ve believed for some time now that the gross societal ills are due to the degradation effect of the internet and the vast infusion of pornography and the government sponsored sex (mis) education. This has created a pedophile infection.
We did indeed have slimy politicians; several even occupying the White House, but there was goodness in this nation and childhood was an exciting and innocent adventure that made many of us what we are today.
Born 1931 and still around STRONG!!!
Have you noticed that today’s parents of children are way overprotecting of their children?
A case in point. I was minding my business and sat down on a bench waiting for a bus. I walk with a kane because of my arthritis in my knees. I was trying to adjust my knees and feet and this young man who was carrying his son in a baby carrier said to me to put my foot down because it was touch his son. It not even touching the kid’s head. A young woman told me off in his defense, I simply walked away and said in their hearing range that they need to “mind their elders”. I was born in the 1950’s and the children back in the decades you mentioned were taught to “mind their elders”. I know I was. They were stunned silent.
Wow just Wow I remember back then riding in the back of my father’s pickup truck on the freeway. Staying out playing with other kids until the sun started to go down. I always had a knack of falling down but always got back up. I miss those fun times where politicians did not meddle in our lives. Now they enjoy being inside our butts for every dam thing and regulating it. Like in a past thread about Cell Phones, we didn’t have that yet we all survived. Now there is a phone glued to everyone’s ear. How I miss the past.
Right on! I love this thread.
When I was nine I jumped off the roof with an umbrella thinking it would act as a parachute.
And today I just think about that incident and the fact that today I’m considered well-educated.
Zircon, that doesn’t look like a Red Rider BB gun!
We didn’t have little league — we organized our own sports competitions.
I remember in the wintertime when the temperature hovered in the teens and the snow was on the ground playing outside all day long until the green snot was running down our faces and then finally we came in and ate like pigs.
We did manage to sit by the radio at 5Pm to listen to four of our favorite fifteen minute serials.
This line reminded me of an article I read earlier this week. It's a gem.
In the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s, we played “Army”...Our neighborhood kids against another neighborhood...We got tired of “BANG! You’re dead” “No, you missed!”
We got aluminum foil, put a handful of gravel in it, wrappe it all around a cherry bomb....
Then, when the other side howled, we yelled, “We got you that time!!!!!”
My kids and grandkids are grown now and I would never let them do that, the world has changed.
Is this a Bucky Covington song?
Not only did you survive, you never did that again. ;-)
What I can’t fail but notice in today’s society are the number of young people who are functionally illiterate. Furthermore, they have no manners whatsoever, have a cell phone glued to their ears like it is part of their body.
They talk on the phone, read their Kindle, books, newspapers while they’re driving cars with the volume pumped up playing the asinine and degrading ‘rap’ that they believe is music.
Born in 1967 and lived to tell about it! As a girl I climbed trees, played cowboys and Indians and even rode my big wheel down my grandmother’s front porch steps...I was a wild child and I loved every minute of it.
Good one, tho I much prefer telescopic to reflex sights.
Back when you called your best friends folks Mr and Mrs
Born in America (California) in 1946, I’ve truly lived in the greatest country and the greatest era it has known. I’ll never be able to explain what freedom was like to my grand kids.
It was priced at $24 and I struggled with the dilemma to buy it or not.
In the end I figured I had no good use for it except for nostalgia...so I passed on it. But it was a very cool thing. Near mint condition too.
Thanks. That email pretty well nails it.
My go-cart had an old lawn mower engine (no brakes).
Great article....but I got my first bb gun when I was six, and I didn’t put my eye out.
God has been replaced by government now, and the results were totally predictable.
And rode minibikes with lawnmower engines and no helmet! Got spanked with a leather belt when we needed it!
This brought back a lot of memories.