To all of us Born 1925 – 1955:
After a walk through history read a quote by Jay Leno.
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, Nintendo’s 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! 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, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, 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 60 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, Failure, success, responsibility, and we learned How to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of those born Between 1925-1955, 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 this 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 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 of you that prefer to think that we lived with just dumb luck go ahead and just delete this message. God was watching over those of us when we made our own choices and “We Survived“! ANON
My friend Peter Forrest sent this walk through history that brought back many fond memories and pain of being born on August 31, 1930. I am certain my children have never believed many of the stories I shared but I had no reason to make up things like the only bone I ever broke was bowling. They would have never survived the Navy boot camp I endured at age 17. Fear of paying for pain I was one of few who spent nearly five years in the Navy and never got a tattoo. My thanks to Peter for making me at least feel “Awesome”! C Brewer WOW, today is my 87th birthday too.