This brought back many fond memories from our childhood. Too bad the kids today can’t enjoy the things we did and we are all still alive to show we lived through those days.
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, we are awesome and our lives are living proof!
To all the kids 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.
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They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
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Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
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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.
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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..
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Riding in the back of a ute on a warm day was always a special treat.
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We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
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We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
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We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank cordial 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.
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No one was able to reach us all day and we were OK.
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 Xbox’s. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no internet and no chat rooms.
We had friends and we went outside and found them!
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We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.
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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.
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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 1935 – 1965…. CONGRATULATIONS!