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To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970
An email I recieved

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.
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...

 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 ?
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?"  

 For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us.....go ahead and delete this.  
For the rest of us. ...pass this on...  

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: babyboomers; chainemail; chat; childhood; oldage; parenting; senile
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To: Dallas

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.

21 posted on 02/06/2010 8:24:40 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: JimRed
WWII baby; dad got home on leave (at least once!).

Any siblings?

22 posted on 02/06/2010 8:25:04 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (He's just a clueless hump. A dangerous clueless hump.)
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To: Dallas
No one was able to reach us all day. --And, we were OKAY.

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.

23 posted on 02/06/2010 8:26:01 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.)
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To: Dallas

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.

24 posted on 02/06/2010 8:26:03 AM PST by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: SandRat

25 posted on 02/06/2010 8:28:37 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Dallas

Born in ‘32 and trying to get the country back to those freedoms and non mommy states.
Go Sarah


26 posted on 02/06/2010 8:30:08 AM PST by UpToHere
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To: Dallas
1950 here. I remember being able to go trick or treating on Halloween night with just friends. We'd be out and about for hours, it seemed. And parents didn't hold our hands and tag along. They were too busy at home handing out candy.

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.

27 posted on 02/06/2010 8:30:21 AM PST by 3catsanadog (If healthcare reform is passed, 41 years old will be the new 65 YO.)
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To: Peter W. Kessler
Great story...

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.

28 posted on 02/06/2010 8:33:07 AM PST by Dallas
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To: SandRat

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.

29 posted on 02/06/2010 8:35:16 AM PST by PLMerite (Ride to the sound of the Guns - I'll probably need help.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Oh yeah...sundown was curfew.

I don't ever remember being late.

30 posted on 02/06/2010 8:37:20 AM PST by Dallas
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To: Texas resident

It don’t get any better than that....

31 posted on 02/06/2010 8:38:13 AM PST by Dallas
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To: Dallas


32 posted on 02/06/2010 8:38:26 AM PST by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Dallas
I grew up in a small town where everone knew everyone else's business.... If I did anything wrong, my parents knew about it before I got home.

Boy, wasn't that the truth! I'm laughing (now) at the memories.

33 posted on 02/06/2010 8:38:53 AM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: Dallas

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.

34 posted on 02/06/2010 8:40:07 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: 3catsanadog

The simple stress, no worries, no trying to fit in.

35 posted on 02/06/2010 8:40:41 AM PST by Dallas
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To: Dallas

Great post. Made me smile remembering happier days.

36 posted on 02/06/2010 8:41:50 AM PST by Psalm 144 (HealthControl - the new euthanasia, all the way from Chicago to your family.)
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To: originalbuckeye
Your story gives the term "community" real meaning.

Hell, I don't even know my neighbor's name....LOL

37 posted on 02/06/2010 8:44:31 AM PST by Dallas
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To: Yardstick
"Most of my childhood was in the 80s

Me too. Remember when MTV first hit the scene??? It was so strange to see what the singers looked like "in person".

38 posted on 02/06/2010 8:44:38 AM PST by NoGrayZone
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To: Dallas

Yes. And my dad’s family had lived in that town for generations. That doesn’t much happen anymore does it?

39 posted on 02/06/2010 8:47:06 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Dallas

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

40 posted on 02/06/2010 8:47:08 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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