Nancy .... This is a good one. However, this list is also reflective of my kids born in the early 70s. It's their kids, my grandkids, who are the coddled pampered kids who don't go outside and play because of computer games. Parents are afraid to let their kids run around town and don't know the what the word - Spanking - means. Although, I no longer think that's an effective way to deal with a problem.TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, 'and 50s, !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, We had baseball caps, Not helmets, on our heads.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
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 OKAY.
We would spend hours building Our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them 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 Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were No video games, No 150 channels on cable, No video movies Or DVDs, No surround-sound or CDs, No cell phones, No personal computers,
No Internet and no 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 those accidents.
We would get Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, And no one would call child services to report abuse.
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, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,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
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 60 To 85 years have seen 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 those born Between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!
There are lots of huge backyards around here that I am sure people spend lots of time and money on to be beautiful. Do I ever see a kid in them? No. Maybe if there is a pool. In my day, people rarely had pools and kids were still out in the backyards anyway.When my husband and I were camping, I hated, just HATED seeing the kids (and some of the parents) sitting around with their noses in some sort of computer device. Really!!!!!????? I mean there was hiking, fishing, biking canoeing and so much more to do.
What sort of social skills will our young people have as adults? Grrrrrr!
That was the same reaction that DH and I had. We were kids in the 70s, and, in the summer, we left our houses in the morning and came back at night. We went everywhere on our bikes (without helmets) and had endless things to do outside. We had IMAGINATIONS.Nancy .... This is a good one. However, this list is also reflective of my kids born in the early 70s.