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    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
    carried us.



    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for
    diabetes.



    Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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 children, we would ride in cars with no 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, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, 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
    99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell
    phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we
    were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the
    worms live in us forever.







    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!



    This generation has 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!



    And 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 our lives for our own good.



    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't

    it?!
    If you ever have sprained ankle, give me a call.

  • #2
    Yep, the times they have changed. One they forgot...we got a spanking when we deserved it and no one had to worry about Child Protective Services knocking on their door. I have nothing but good memories from my childhood.
    "Only imperfection is intolerant of imperfection"

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    • #3
      I 2ND THAT EMOTION....

      after house work, or homework.....9pm in bed for school

      sat and sund play all day....sandlot foot ball, baseball........

      movie....stand by me....or the sand lot,.....

      was the way it was.....


      www.schackdaddy.com
      " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
      " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

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      • #4
        I grew up in a really sketchy neighborhood in the 70's... and these things STILL applied...

        nice thread, Dave... made me nostalgic

        *goes to send the boys outside to play*

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        • #5
          Originally posted by TXLady
          Yep, the times they have changed. One they forgot...we got a spanking when we deserved it and no one had to worry about Child Protective Services knocking on their door. I have nothing but good memories from my childhood.

          no kidding TXLAdy!! My two year old is going through the "I think I will bite you everytime you tell me no" stage....the first time he bit me I had a bruise on my hand for almost a week, how do you talk to a two year old and convince them their behavior is not nice? you don't in my opinion. I get nervous if I even have to raise my voice to him in public....heaven forbid I should sternly tell him not to run to the street.
          stay safe and always remember to look up!!

          "You've been talking to yourself in the mirror again haven't you ?

          chat room

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          • #6
            I'll admit, I am a horrible parent. My daughter went through the biting phase, biting hard enough to break skin, and it lasted about two weeks before I got mad enough to say "to hell with convention" and I bit her back.(MUCH more gently than she was biting me) When she got over crying (no red mark or teeth prints to show for it, I did have some restraint) I told her that's how everyone she bit felt every time she did it. End of problem. I don't know what I would have done if it hadn't worked though, I'd tried everything else.

            I think some of the things we did as kids kind of thinned out the herd though, remember the playground equipment that was all metal, hot as hell, and about 15 foot high with no safety nets? If you could survive that, you could handle anything. No play dates, Nerf was for babies, and those plastic bowling pins made great weapons against your siblings.. so long as Mom didn't find out.
            STFU! Another great suggestion from the same mind that brought you "Kiss my butt" and "Leave me alone"


            Why not?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tattoo'd Angel
              and those plastic bowling pins made great weapons against your siblings.. so long as Mom didn't find out.
              Boy did you bring back some memories with that statement
              If you ever have sprained ankle, give me a call.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DaveinUtah
                Boy did you bring back some memories with that statement
                I think my brother LOST a few memories due to that action! And I didn't even mention the time I accidentally shot him with a compound bow (his fault, and only a flesh wound) but I ran up to him, screaming "oh no, oh no, oh no, DON'T TELL MOM!!" She finally found out this past Christmas, 16 years after the fact.

                What's the statute of limitations on that, anyhow?
                STFU! Another great suggestion from the same mind that brought you "Kiss my butt" and "Leave me alone"


                Why not?

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                • #9
                  oh my gosh tattoo'd angel!! You and my older brother would have gotten along just fine, but I am glad you werent' around for him! lol He was pretty much a pro when it came to endangering my life..there is the story of the motorcycle and the tree that I love to tell....and your bow story reminded me of him shooting a BB gun....bad bad bad lol.....oh yes...and the story of the electric fence and the metal spoon.....aaaahhh fun times.
                  stay safe and always remember to look up!!

                  "You've been talking to yourself in the mirror again haven't you ?

                  chat room

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Isla_
                    oh my gosh tattoo'd angel!! You and my older brother would have gotten along just fine, but I am glad you werent' around for him! lol He was pretty much a pro when it came to endangering my life..there is the story of the motorcycle and the tree that I love to tell....and your bow story reminded me of him shooting a BB gun....bad bad bad lol.....oh yes...and the story of the electric fence and the metal spoon.....aaaahhh fun times.
                    My Brother in Law actually tells the story of how he accidentally wizzed on an electric fence one winter... personally, I'd leave that on in the "kind of embarassing" file, but I guess guys are different.
                    STFU! Another great suggestion from the same mind that brought you "Kiss my butt" and "Leave me alone"


                    Why not?

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