How did we ever survive?

  1. My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same
    cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

    My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used
    to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped
    in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in icepack coolers,
    but I can't remember getting e. coli.

    Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake
    instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

    The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell,
    and a pager was the school PA system.

    We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair
    of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training
    athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors.
    I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because
    they tell us how much safer we are now.

    Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE
    must be much harder than gym.

    Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem,
    and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.
    We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health
    system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

    I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was
    allowed to be proud of myself.

    I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

    Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got
    that bee sting? I could have been killed!

    We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome- a.k.a. Monkey Blood (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile
    of gravel where it was such a threat.

    We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did,
    we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again
    when we got home.

    I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks
    on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that
    she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted
    him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

    To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they
    were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known
    that? We needed to get into group therapy and anger management
    classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that
    we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

    How did we ever survive?
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   HeartsOpenWide
    what about all those toy and things like cribs that we had that they recalled in the past few years as life threatening that we played with and slept in? And no car seats, before I know it they are going to have me in a car seat the way they keep upping the limits! (I am on 102)
  4. by   suebird3
    yeah, merthiolate causes cancer......ask good old california. my dad is 73, and still swears by the stuff.

    just think of it this way......we may have been considered crazy back then, but we're still alive and making things miserable for the next generation.

    let's make it worse! :roll :roll
  5. by   Jessy_RN
    Yep, boggles my mind too.
  6. by   student4ever
    That's why, no matter what I see under a microbiology microscope, I refuse to be so petrified of germs that I carry lysol like a loaded weapon. My brother ate dirt - he's healthy as a horse. I was a bit more refined and ate potting soil - I still have (most) of my brain cells and a healthy immune system. When we scraped our knees, we got a bandaid slapped on (no neosporin, no tetanus shot, no antibiotics) and we went back out to play in some more dirt. I split my chin open on a (most likely horrendously dirty) seesaw bar - no stitches, no tetanus shot, no antibiotics. Yet all I have to show for this "dangerous behavior" is a little scar. Unless we were in danger of bleeding to death, or couldn't get out of bed for a week, we didn't go to the doctor, much less the ER. When I split my head open, the family doc stitched me up - no staples, no head CT, no xrays, no MRI. I'm still have a pretty much normal head shape and even though I'm pretty sure I lost consciousness, I never lapsed into a coma due to lack of cardiac monitoring and O2 sat monitoring.

    The reason people are so scared of germs these days? Because there ARE bad icky resistant bugs out there - MRSA, VRE, VRSA, etc. But you know why we have those icky bugs? BECAUSE TOO MANY MOTHERS THOUGHT YOU HAD TO HAVE ABX FOR EVERY LITTLE THING!!!!

    Okay, my rant is pretty much over now... but I really miss the days when I was growing up where it was okay to get up, brush most of the dirt off your scraped knee, use a mercury thermometer, actually eat the mudpies you made after it rained, and for goodness sakes, live a little and have some good old fashioned, dirty kid fun!!!
  7. by   Tweety
    Things are more dirtier and polluted than in more mom's days. Then they sued when their kids got hurt.

    Interesting observations.
  8. by   jkaee
    Heck, I still defrost my meat on the kitchen never fully defrosts in my fridge. Not one of us has come down with a lil' bug yet.

    It's all about common sense, folks.
  9. by   suzanne4
    In Thailand, eggs are bought off of the shelf, usually next to where they keep the bread, and no refrigeration, and no issues with them. Of course, they also get used up much faster over there.

    Steak Tartare is still a wonderful thing................:wink2:
  10. by   suzanne4
    So is sushi and oysters.:wink2:

    Remember splitting open my chin just under my lip, mom placed gauze or something soaked in Boric Acid on it, and never went to see the ER or doctor. Actually only saw the Dr. for required things, never anything else.

    Her other favorite was hydrogen peroxide poured over cuts, epsom salts for somthing, but don't remember...........

    Ahh, the good old days.
  11. by   madwife2002
    How I laughed at the spanking sentance

    We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did,
    we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again
    when we got home."
    I remember when ever I got into trouble at school, I took the punishment and I never ever told my parents because I'd get spanked again or punished again lol

    Nowerdays if kids are naughty or rude or aggressive at school parents go in and attack the teachers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Yes we did survive and very nicely. I think you need some germs to accuire a good immune system. According to parents magazine the tray on a baby's highchair is dirtier than the bottom of your bare feet! I love that commercial where you see the Mom wiping down the kitchen with a piece of raw chicken. Yeah, it was like that! I also believe in washing hands, especially at work. I do wash my hands or use alcohol gel before putting my hands to my mouth. Other than that my motto is "God made dirt, dirt won't hurt". Pigpen is still doing great too !!!