Born between 1935-1965

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    'No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, we are pretty Awesome! Our Life Is Living Proof!'

    'This Is For 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, drank coffee, ate blue cheese dressing, lunch meat, 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 & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes bad brakes. Sometimes dad let us drive the car in his lap.

    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, a mountain spring, 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 whole milk heavy with cream, and 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.

    On Sundays there were no malls and everything was closed except church.

    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, 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 would get spankings with wooden spoons, leather belts, switches, or just a bare hand or fist, 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 made fires in our yards and everyone loved the smell and didn't call the police.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with hoses, sticks, and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke 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.

    When we came home with bad grades, it was our fault and not the teacher. Or the Nun. Or the school.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

    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, Congratulations!

    You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the modern parent and lawyers and government regulate so much of our lives for our own good we lose what is good about being a kid.

    While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how lucky their parents were.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it? I just did and Look...I'm still here..."

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    'With hurricanes, tornadoes, 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, swine flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?' Jay Leno
     
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    I feel sorry for kids today - many are like little prisoners being escorted from building to building.
     
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    How true ... we managed to make our own entertainment ... and with a little imagination it was always great fun!
     
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    Very interesting piece...I like it.

    However, the same people who lived during that time, were the sole creators of the very different and changed world in which subsequent generations are currently living.
     
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    I remember the days when if you put seat belts on when you entered someones car, the driver was insulted.

    I remember when if a child acted up in public, the parent was expected to publicaly spank the child or else be considered a poor parent
     
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    Back then there wasn't the "every child gets a trophy" bullshit either. Back then, we EARNED 'em!

    Back then, our parents tought us the value of a dollar. If you got an allowence, you actually worked for it!.....If you wanted more, you got yourself a paper route.

    Back then, parents didn't have to worry about the kids turning on the TV and seeing a "girls gone wild" promotion.

    Back then, you didn't have kids bringing guns to school and slaughtering half the classroom.

    Back then, teachers were teachers who actually tought ya' somethin'!

    Back then it was a great time to grow up!

    Back then, people actually had values and morals.
     
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    :lol: Ruining the mood. :eusa_shhh:
     
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    True, there is always good and bad. By the way I added brakes to my go carts but sometimes we used car hoods for sleds and that was a bit of a problem. lol

    In some ways our parents had it worse with the great depression and world war II. Thank goodness my mom didn't smoke. I'm dumb enough without that added.

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    Wrote this several years ago - if you can't sleep.

    'Observations from here: home, sports, and change'

    We have been busy selling our home. It is an old home, small, cozy, single, the children played in the yard, not big, but big enough for baseball with a whiffle ball, basketball with constant fence jumping, and a gym set with all the breaks and bruises of children at play. Dirt was our yard for many years.

    So I am wondering who will buy this cozy place in which to raise kids with its open yard and proximity to schools and stores? I watch through open houses, I even pretend at times I am the realtor but only middle aged people show any interest, they like the privacy of a single lot in a city. The wife says the young are not interested, they want big, they want big homes. Homes they can stay in. I wonder as time goes by has some sea change happened where boys are not outside fixing their bike, swinging from a rope in tree, mowing lawns, playing catch, venturing on foot or bike to some new area, waiting for dad to come up the street?

    I must be old to think that is what children do today. Is my mind stuck in an imaginary fifties. I watch the neighborhood children, many stay indoors with TV and video and electronic games but I think our boys did some of that too. But something has changed, it is the grown ups who play pick up, is it the young who stay in doors? Is that a modern phenomenon?

    But then I see the fields full of groups of children playing sports, parents who drive long distances to get their children to soccer practise, black children in full uniform riding the bus to an organized team in a suburb. Does play only matter when it is organized today. I cannot for a minute imagine asking my father to take me to my baseball practice; my bike, a bus, or our feet got us there and a school bus took us to meets in HS. My parents did not live through their children as so many seem to do today. Our generation did not worship sports even with our heroes of Mantle, Mays, and Clemente. Our parents only hoped and worked hard that we would make it in life and get beyond tenth grade as in their lives.

    Has something changed with constant TV and children weaned on Sesame street? Wasn't Sesame street, a street, a neighborhood? I do not think we only live in fantasies of how things should be but there is something in modern life that is so different it scares people. I think of the religious or conservative opposition to our contemporary culture. Maybe organization is an attempt to rein in those changes, to feel in control. So why then do we not understand why other cultures view our own 'America' as alien? How can we watch American TV and not wonder what that says about our culture. Reality shows, Springer, Oprah, Idol, plastic surgery, and more crime and terror than all the Indians we fought as kids.
     
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    Chicken pox parties. You forgot to mention the chicken pox parties!:lol:
     
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    I don't remember chicken pox parties. Was it to infect all the kids?
     

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