Something For Those Who Were Kids in the 30's-early 80's

  1. I found this on the internet tonight! Very interesting and shows how my childhood was very different from my kids!



    I Can't Believe We Made It!

    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably should not have survived.

    Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

    We had no childproof lids or locks 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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends , from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 would leave home in the morning and play all day , as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

    We had friends! We went outside and found them.

    We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.

    We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

    We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home 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.

    Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.

    Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

    The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or
    broke a law was unheard of.

    They actually sided with the school or the law. Imagine that!

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

    We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility --- and we learned how to deal with it.

    And you're one of them!
    Congratulations!
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   sharann
    Yep. We should be in awe that we miraculously survived!
  4. by   P_RN
    I grew up in the late 40's-50's. Ain't it the truth. No TV til 1954 and then no stations that were watchable. No AC until 1955....it was 107 in Columbia, SC that summer.

    First seatbelts I insisted Daddy put them in the 1955 Olds. He had to search the whole city for someone who carried them.

    We made it somehow.
  5. by   adrienurse
    Never drank pop, and sure as heck never shared the bottle (Mom was a nurse and a health freak). Not that I wasn't always covered in dirt!

    If you misbehaved, you got spanked (even at school!). If the teacher said you misbehaved, you parents sure didn't defend you! If you didn't do your work, you got detention.

    If you wanted that new gadget of item of clothing, fine. But you had to work your butt off earning the money.
  6. by   Shamrock
    Well, I have a new appreciation for my survival skills!
  7. by   Rapheal
    And we survived without cable and satellite TV! My kids cannot believe this.

    Here are some things my parents never knew:

    We crossed 4 lanes of highway to get to the rec center (the shortcut).

    We played in the graveyard and the caretaker would try to chase us out and he had a shotgun!

    We would cover our hands with lighter fluid then light them up (didn't hurt because you smothered the flames before the fluid was burnt up).

    We thought drag racing down the main strip was cool.

    Cannot believe how stupid and reckless we were. Now that I am all grown I fear only really scary things like the IRS, and making mistakes at work.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    lol
  9. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by Rapheal
    And we survived without cable and satellite TV! My kids cannot believe this.

    Here are some things my parents never knew:

    We crossed 4 lanes of highway to get to the rec center (the shortcut).

    We played in the graveyard and the caretaker would try to chase us out and he had a shotgun!

    We would cover our hands with lighter fluid then light them up (didn't hurt because you smothered the flames before the fluid was burnt up).

    We thought drag racing down the main strip was cool.

    Cannot believe how stupid and reckless we were. Now that I am all grown I fear only really scary things like the IRS, and making mistakes at work.
    OMG you did some really dangerous things!!!

    Guess that makes me an old fart. :roll
  10. by   H ynnoD
    My dad was mentioning the other day,how when me and my brothers were kids he never worried about us running loose around the niegborhood,but now when he has the Grand Kids he always has one eye on them.It was also lucky nobody got their eye poked out or shot out.We use to have alot of BB gun fights growing up.We were also latch key Kids for as long as I can remember.
  11. by   Brownms46
    I used to hitch rides until one day a guy showed us why we shouldn't. He promptly locked the door from his side with the newest invention...electronic door locks! "I" NEVER hitched a ride again!

    Yes it's a wonder we survived...but a lot of kids didn't! There were a lot of good things about the past, but most of them are far outweighed by the knowledge, and improvements that have come along. In some ways we have gone too far, but in other ways, we haven't come far enough.
  12. by   GPatty
    I had to laugh when I read this.
    My 8 y/o daughter asked me the other day if I had a Playstation when I was growing up.
    I told her "No. We didn't have anything like that. No Playstation, Nintendo or GameBoy."
    She looked so shocked and said, "Oh my goodness Mommy! What did you do for fun?!?!?!"

    So wonderful being a child.......
  13. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by Julielpn
    I had to laugh when I read this.
    My 8 y/o daughter asked me the other day if I had a Playstation when I was growing up.
    I told her "No. We didn't have anything like that. No Playstation, Nintendo or GameBoy."
    She looked so shocked and said, "Oh my goodness Mommy! What did you do for fun?!?!?!"

    So wonderful being a child.......
    teehee that's funny. I went to space camp as a kid and asked my dad at the time if he had wanted to go to space camp or be an astronaut when HE was a kid. He was born in '37. "No Melanie, we didn't have astronauts when I was a kid! "
  14. by   itsme
    We used to sit in the box cars at the train depot and drink TJ Swann (when in high school) and get loaded- it got interesting if the train started to move, then we got a free ride somewhere and had to hitch hike home!! Also played with aerosol hairspray and lighters to send fire balls down the road! I graduated in 1985, and think that even then, we had it great as kids. Now I cant even let my 10 year old walk to town by himself. We used to ride bike 9 miles to the swimming lake when I was 10!! Times are a changin!!

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