Sunday, December 18, 2011

I Will Survive!"

Just some memories for pondering.....and a break from Christmas for a little bit...Not my creation, and there was no indication who the author was.  Whoever it was, the author nailed it, dead center!  

To All Who Survived the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!

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.

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.

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 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!

These generations have
Produced some of the best risk-takers,
Problem solvers, and inventors ever.
The past 50 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 1925-1970

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 so much of our lives
For our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids,
So they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

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

-- Author Unknown


  1. I've seen this before and it always makes me smile. Sad that kids have to grow up with so much fear. It makes them less resourceful over time and has them constantly looking over their shoulders.

  2. I remember fondly all the freedom we had as kids, and yelp we were outside playing every chance we got.

  3. Ah yes! Playing outside! I was literally (well, not 24/7) raised out doors. No matter what the weather, we were out in it. We dug tunnels in the snow out by the road where it piled up in the side ditch, then popped out when a car or truck went by. We ice skated, and sledded in the winter, we swam and boated in the summer. We had a fort built out of sticks and leaves back in the woods where we played from morning til night. We didn't know that our mom trekked into the woods and checked on us without letting us know. We had fun. We didn't even own a TV, so in the evening, my brother and I gathered around the old "Silvertone" radio, and listened to "Gunsmoke" and "Lone Ranger." We fell off bikes, skinned our knees and elbows, got into arguments with each other and smacked each other around, but we survived without too much damage. How did we do that? And we were loved by BOTH parents, and knew it!


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