Skip to comments.To Those of Us Born Between 1925-1970
Posted on 02/06/2010 8:02:54 AM PST by Dallas
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I grew up in a small town here in CT just like that and have moved back as an adult. It was about 3500 souls when I started school and now is up to ~15,000. Can’t get it back.
And this was in the 70s, but my bros and I would get up in the morning, go run around the woods with our wrist-rockets or bb guns, and come back in time for dinner (dirty). Our parents never worried because of what you state—everyone knew everyone else.
We’d spend all day long in the winter skating or sledding or building snow forts and having snow ball fights. And yet we still have all our fingers and toes (no frost bite). Kids now seem to need kevlar vests, Michelin man outfits and hovering parents to stay safe just walking 2 doors down the street.
>>During the summer of 1975, I remember riding in the back of my uncle’s open pickup all the way from Boston to Alabama with five other kids and a dog...If we tried something like that today, my uncle would be arrested before he made the Mass/Conn border!
No kidding! I grew up in rural CT and we used to ride on the back of the flatbed truck with a load of hay from the field to the barn (a mile or so away from the field). I’m sure if someone did that today, there would be nosy neighbors calling child protective services.
Good times! Good memories! I’m certain my parents had no idea where we even were most of the time! But, we always came back to eat LOL!
This my greatest regret as a parent.
I have two little girls. I live in a semi-rural area near a lake. As boy, I’d have been out every day wandering over the area, down to the lake, etc. My lived like this, too, but more so.
Nowadays, we can’t let the children go out without supervision.
Of course the kid singing it doesn't have a clue about the good ol' days, but still a great song.