Skip to comments.To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970
Posted on 02/06/2010 8:02:54 AM PST by Dallas
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!
To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1970 :
At the end of this email 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, and, 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..
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 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 Play Stations, Nintendos 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!
Most of my childhood was in the 80s, which was really the last of the “classic” decades. Many of my teachers were ladies that began teaching in the 1950s. We had cap guns, played outside, got dirty, traveled miles from home on our bikes, didn’t wear helmets, etc.
Ahhh...what memories. Born in 1958. During the Summer months all my Mom asked of us was was that we use our heads, don't get in trouble and be home for supper, washed up and seated on time.
I was always home on time for supper, washed and seated at 6:30 pm. The rest...hey, I tried.
Yep, in the summer we left the house just after sunup and came home at dark. Parents didn’t know where we were or what we were doing. Had a blast. Filled them in on the details later.
Born in ‘32 and trying to get the country back to those freedoms and non mommy states.
I was fortunate in that my parents became members of the new community pool in 1958. Me and my friends would literally get to the pool at 10:00 am for swim team practice and stay and swim all day till we decided to wander home around 3 or so. Many times, we'd head back over to the pool after dinner.
Every family had a charge account at the only store in our town.
During the summer (or after school) we'd just go load up on candy, sodas, and bubble gum and just sign the charge slip. AND we never abused it.
Last year I had to call 911 (P.G. County, MD) for a bad traffic accident on my street and no one answered. I redialed and after about 10 rings someone answered. If it had been any problem involving violence, shooting would have been easier.
I don't ever remember being late.
It don’t get any better than that....
Boy, wasn't that the truth! I'm laughing (now) at the memories.
Born in 1951. When I was in college my uncle died and I went home for the funeral. I went to the local shoe store as I needed some new winter boots. I asked to charge them to my parent’s account. The saleslady called upstairs to the accounting office and then turned to me and asked ‘are you in town for your uncle’s funeral?’. I appreciate all that the earlier decades offered us. I am sad that kids these days won’t know the freedoms and the liberties that we knew. Small Town America does still exist but it isn’t as safe or as free as it once was.
The simple life....no stress, no worries, no trying to fit in.
Great post. Made me smile remembering happier days.
Hell, I don't even know my neighbor's name....LOL
Me too. Remember when MTV first hit the scene??? It was so strange to see what the singers looked like "in person".
Yes. And my dad’s family had lived in that town for generations. That doesn’t much happen anymore does it?
This was not written by Jay Leno, nor David Letterman, who it was also attributed to, but by Craig Smith.
Nice sentiments though. Born in 46
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