Email Fwd: To all the kids born between 1930-1979
November 21, 2006 9:44am CST
Those Born 1930-1979! TO 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, 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, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up 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 and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because . WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING ! 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 O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride 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 Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or 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 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 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 lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good . And 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 is 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 watchi! ng over us....go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us.....pass this on.
21 Nov 06
Thanks for posting this letter, it hit the hammer right on the head. I am going to print this out and put it on my fridge for my children to read. They don't believe any of the stories that we tell them. By the way I was born in 67, my mom was into, smoking, drinking, partying, and not coming home.
26 Nov 06
Oh this is so true, I was born in 1977. I wish things were the same these days with raising four children. We are trying our best to do things the same way but it is some hard when not a lot of other people feel the same way. I am a survivor those years. Working hard at bringing up my children in such a world we have today.
• United States
22 Nov 06
The time frame includes me, as well as both my kids. I wish the "good old days" would come back in one way, and in another way I'm glad some things have changed over time. I can remember that I colored my hair while I was pregnant (no one ever told me not to do it, and I had gray hair early), yet my daughter wasn't allowed to color her gray while she was pregnant. And I'm with Jay Leno on keeping God in the Pledge of Allegiance, and very sorry He is left out of so many things today.
• United States
4 Dec 06
I liked what Jay Leno said! I like that sentiment, especially when delivered with humor. Yes, there was lots of great things when we were growing up! Now I think twice about letting my granddaughter play outsied. Forget about the front yard!! My husband, when he was a boy rode his bike on the road for miles.. You just CANNOT let a child do this anymore. To me that's a way worse danger than sugar, or climbing trees, or whatever..