Friday, February 10, 2006

HOW DID WE SURVIVE?

To All the Kids who survived the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. First we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with brightly 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 children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. 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, bread and butter and drank cordial with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING. 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. And we were OK. 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, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on cable, no video taped movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever. 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! No reason to be afraid of strangers. Sports 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 usually sided with the law! This generation has 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.! And 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 our lives for our own good. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it? A friend sent this in an email and I thought it was good – at least for some of us oldies. Times have sure changed, haven’t they?

6 comments:

Joy Des Jardins said...

I've seen this piece before Merle. It is SO true. How DID we manage to survive? Reading it brings back a lot of memories. Thanks so much.

bubba said...

And yet this new generation does so many wonderful things. They may not started out like us. But they will end up like us. lol.

Big Dave T said...

Wow! I actually got this same e-mail today here in Michigan. Honest to goodness.

However, my comment in response to the sender is that my generation has kinda gone downhill since childhood, because we have embraced cable TV, labor-saving devices and fast food (and now computers?). Now, they say we'll be the first generation NOT to live as long as our parents.

Peter said...

I wouldn't recommend that run through the house with scissors, even if you could run.
cya soon.

LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ Boy... isn't this the truth! It is a wonder we even have an older generation! Give me back the 1950's any time! ~ jb///

Craig 'n' Jen said...

now this will sound funny being that i'm the young new generation but i do so agree. our kids these days a products of broken families, mum at work all day anf the growth in technology. as much as this has improved us in may ways it has curtainly hasn't in may others.