I am thankful I Was one of these Kids. They Made Great Memories

  1. TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

    1.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. A lot of us were born at home without a doctor or a midwife, and we had no idea what prenatal care meant.
    2.Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    3.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.

    4.As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags, and the dashes weren't padded either like they are now. They were made of steel.
    Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. I loved doing this one.

    5.We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. Sometimes we even drank swamp water from a stream.

    6.We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from it.

    7.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!

    8.We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back by dark. Us older kids were allowed to stay out until midnight on weekends, and we walked home. Nobody would pick us up with a car. They were most likely in bed by then because they had to work the next day.

    9.No one was able to reach us all day. Our parents didn't worry about us like they do today. They knew we wouldn't be abducted.

    10.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. If it was raining outside, we made up games to play in the house; like cats cradle, or ride down the stairs in a cardboard box. In the winter, we rode downhill on an old piece of tin or a big cardboard box if there wasn't a sled available. My favorite was the cardboard box. It sounded like a fire engine when it got going fast. We loved being pulled uphill behind a car on our sleds. We made snow forts and had snowball fights.

    11.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!

    12. We fell out of trees, and sometimes we eeven jumped out of them. We got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

    13. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms (only with some tomato sauce for me) I even ate a live pollywog on a dare. And although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever.

    14. 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! Nobody locked their doors back then. Some of us even walked to school. If we rode the bus, and we acted up, we were kicked off and made to walk home.

    15. 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, and made us pay for what we did.

    16. If we failed a grade, we repeated it the following year.

    17. This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

    18.The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

    19. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

    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?!
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    this builds character...if you dID wrong you knew it..that is the reason that you didn't run home and get your parents to call the aclu
    thanks for the post
  4. by   Roy Fokker
    Ok, a few thoughts on this issue ::

    1. Has nothing to do with the ACLU
    2. Not all kids today are spoilt brats
    3. The same generation mentioned above is the generation of parents today - is it also not their responsibility as to how their wards and children have turned out? Why blame someone else or the government for how your kids turn out?
    4. Some kids today deserve to be paddled across their tushies...
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Ok, a few thoughts on this issue ::

    1. Has nothing to do with the ACLU
    2. Not all kids today are spoilt brats
    3. The same generation mentioned above is the generation of parents today - is it also not their responsibility as to how their wards and children have turned out? Why blame someone else or the government for how your kids turn out?
    4. Some kids today deserve to be paddled across their tushies...
    It wasn't all idyllic Roy, you are right.

    I do feel bad that my kids haven't grown up in a neighborhood where the kids played until dark, building forts and such. Although they did play on farms and hunted and rode motorcycles and fished.

    There are trade-offs.

    When I was a kid during the 60's and 70's, we did have alot of freedom to roam but a friend and I were once very lucky not to be abducted when a man drove by us, stopped and asked for directions . .as we neared his car we saw that he had ahold of his privates and we ran in the other direction screaming. I was also beaten up in a field as my sister and I walked to the grocery store at dusk by two 8th grade boys. One time while we played on a raft we had built and floated on a pond a group of boys threw rocks at us until hitting my brother in the head and he fell in the water. I didn't wear seatbelts as a kid but remember one trip to Salt Lake City on a snowy mountain and sliding almost off the side of the road and having to climb out of the car and onto the roof to get to safety.

    There are things I wish my kids didn't have and the number one is TV and video games. I didn't buy them a ninetendo though. But I'm the one responsible for the TV - we do block MTV and I don't have any movie channels due to access to movie I don't think are acceptable . . . but still, there that tv sits. Also, access to internet porn is rampant - I keep wondering if there is a boy out there for my 15 year old to marry someday who won't be more interested in sitting in front of a computer screen for sex than in loving my daughter.

    Trade-offs . . .. . there are good and bad things in every generation. And hoo boy are you right there are alot of kids out there that need their little tushes spanked.

  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    I agree with you Steph. Too many kids have now taken over decision making, and too many parents do not have control of them. However, I also agree with Roy in saying that there are many kids that are respectful, and who are interested in helping others. I'll bet a lot of them were taught family values in the home though, including having chores to do, and rules to abide by with accountability for doing wrong. I know my two had to, and I raised them alone.

    When they were toddlers, I made sure they had a set nap time, and in the evening, I read to them. I learned early on that setting rules, and being consist with enforcing them, and disciplining them with love and not anger; having them tell me why they were disciplined and not the, "Do as I say; not as I do" way either. That way is teaching them hypocrisy, but setting the example myself, because our children do look up to us as their first heros.

    When they were growing up, they had to do their homework and whatever chores they had for that day first thing after getting home. If there was time to after they were finished with their responsibilities, they were then allowed to play or do whatever recreational thing they wanted (mine loved to read.)

    I was involved in community activities, setting that example for them to get involved in activities in school, and always telling them and expecting them to tell the truth, with explaining to them the importance in doing that. And they were expected to attend church too. I made sure God got the credit for what we had, and showed them how to appreciate it by taking turns with asking blessings on our meals.

    My own boss' wife used to tell me I was lucky to have such good girls, but I knew luck had nothing to do with it. Applying Proverbs 22:6, and Ecclesiastes 9:10 had everything to do with it.