Thursday, January 17, 2008

THOSE born 1920-1979 ...

THOSE born 1920-1979


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

First, we survived being born to mothers who 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, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up 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 and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,


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 O.K.

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.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no v id eo movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or 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 these accidents.

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, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke 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 years have been 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 them CONGRATULATIONS!

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?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us...go ahead and delete this...


My comments: We live in a totally different world than the one I grew up in. I went to the movies with my sister and our friends and we spend all afternoon watching movies. Our parents dropped us off and left us there.

When I would go visit my grandparents in a different State and hang out with friends all I had to do was let Gram know where I was and that was that.


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foam said...

yeah, those were the days..
i also played spin the bottle at twelve. got really, really drunk at 14, ...
skipped tons of highs school classes, even walked out of a class when the teacher wasn't looking and didn't come back, forged my mother's signature on my excuses (very badly) and other stuff...
yeah, i was lucky alright and yet i had a sense of what i needed to do to get things done anyway.

Skunkfeathers said...

Yep. I'm a survivor, being sprouted in '57. Loved playing Spin the Bottle ;) Never wore a helmet, fell out of plenty of trees, off bikes, out of barns, broke a few bones.

Life was definitely better then LOL.

Bace Man said...


Monique said...

Same here! Born in 52 and grew up with all that.

My children too though, even though they grew up during the eighties and nineties. They still went away with friends on picnics alone on top of the hill and in the woods, played cricket and other games in the street and cycled without helmets. Would I let them now? The answer is definitely an all round YES as they have to learn from experience.

Thank you for visiting my other blog Middle Ditch.

Pink said...

Well...I don't know if its so different. My parents dropped me off places and I'd call and tell them where I was and that was that.

Somehow I still found my way home.

So they'd try it again.

And still...I manage to find my way home every now and then.

I guess the more things change the more they stay the same.


/t. said...

my parents
dropped me off
at strange places,
usually in the dark of night,
and i'd have to call police to help me find out where they'd moved to


Pink said...

/t - the number you have dialed is out of service.


this explains a lot!

Pink said...

Lambie - its all that childhood rage that makes /t a pyromaniac...or just plain maniac, really.

Forgive him...he's a Godless unAmerican ;)

/t. said...

so says
the crashtest mannequin


she said...

this was my childhood alright. we stayed gone all day on our bikes and nothing happened! we'd play in the woods, swim unsupervised, and throw grapefruits at cars from our roof.........okay. one time that grapefruit thing kinda went sour...grrrrrerhahahaha

we gotta get foamy and the skunk together. grrrerhahaha.

Little Lamb said...

Ruela, I love your word art.

Foam, responsibility. I cut a class and got caught, but when I was on my way to get punished, I found a way out of it. And got away with it.

Skunkie, I never even broke any bones.

Bace man, :-)

Monique, I, too, cycled without a helmet.

Pink, true but we live in a world where you have to know where your kids are every second.

/t. that figures.

Pink, yes it does explain a lot with /t.

Pink, you are so right about /t.

/t. true.

Little Lamb said...

She, getting skunk and foam together sounds like a plan.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Considering the changes in the past 100 or so years, I find it hard to imagine the thousands of generations who died in a world that was exactly the same as the one they were born into.

Little Lamb said...

I can understand that.

foam said...

that's one thing i never did...
despite my rambunctiousness..
break any bones..

knock on wood..

Aunty Belle said...

Yes!! This is sOOO true. Apologies to lawyers , but ya'll has ruined a good childhood.

But also, teachers were a bit diffeent too....okay, I'se admittin' I'se born afore 1970, but we also had a dinner table with real people (not the TV ) to talk to, and iffin' ya got outa line at yore firend's house / yard, they Mama (yikes, they Daddy??) would snatch a knot in ya'' ya knew whar' the line was--most thought the line was in the same place--today, poor kids, if there is a line at all the ACLU will come scrape it off the field.

Great psot Lamby--jes' great.

P.S. ---to /t, ya made me chuckle, yep, ya did.

/t. said...

i live
to amuse

well, that
and tormenting the lamb


Pink said...

Crash test mannequin? Come over here and say that ;)

/t. said...

the mannequin


Little Lamb said...

foam, I never broke a bone, either. Or did I say that?

Aunty Belle, /t. likes to torment. Its his specialty.

/t. said...



Little Lamb said...

/t. <3

puerileuwaite said...

This reminds me of a favorite joke, courtesy of Rodney Dangerfield.

"I'm at the beach one time with mom and pop, and I get lost in the crowd. So I find a couple of policemen and ask, "Can you help me find my parents?". One of them looks at me and says, "Geez, I don't know, kid. There's SO many places they could hide."

Little Lamb said...

You not only look cuddly, you like Rodney Dangerfield. I like him, too.

/t. said...

not only
look cuddly, pug

you look like rodney dangerfield!


Little Lamb said...

To Pug, snuggle, snuggle.

/t. said...

no respect

LL, i get no respect


ANNA-LYS said...

Reading this make me miss the time we where sharing Bubble Gums with each other ... this times they would probably go by the name of Bubble Germs ;-)

Have a Lovely weekend!

Pink said...

to /t :-p

to LL - be careful what you snuggle. I think he's a very bad dog.

/t. said...



Little Lamb said...

/t. Nope.

Anna-lys, Those were the days.

Pink, What did he do Pink?

/t. nope.

/t. said...


Little Lamb said...

Ok, I CANNOT toss you aside. I'm very fond of you and I like you a lot. You also are a big help to me when I can't figure out how to do something.

<3 <3 <3<3 <3<3 <3 <3<3 <3<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

/t. said...


<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
  <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
        <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
          <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


foam said...

you know..
sometimes i'm an idiot.
it took me until very recently to realize that those side ways <3 are not double dipped ice cream cones..
what can i say.. my <3 is in my belly most times.. :->

Little Lamb said...

That's a cute way of looking at it.

/t. said...

ha hah ah ah ah ahh ah ah ahah h ahah ah ahha ah ah ha ha to foam!

<3 might be lips (so a kiss) or it might be a heart (so love) or it might be a double dipped ice cream cone (so let's bbq!)


Little Lamb said...

you can't bbq ice cream. Let's all have a double dip ice cream cone instead.

Lexcen said...

It all started a long time ago when children like myself could just go to the corner shop and buy fireworks. Some of us held the exploding fireworks in our hands and lost a few fingers while others put them in bottles and got sprayed with broken glass. Fireworks are now banned. Then there were rules about wearing helmets when riding a bike because a few kids got killed when they fell over. Then there were rules for compulsory fences around backyard swimming pools. Then the shopping complex removed its water feature fountains to avoid any child from drowning. Then a child wandered away and drowned in a lake and the parents complain that the lake should have been fenced off. Same goes for the beach. To me it seems that parents have abandoned their responsibility to care for their children. Children who are deprived of growing up with danger will eventually seek it out in their teens.

Little Lamb said...

I couldn't agree more. It ruins it for everybody else.