No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Greg Richardson, Nov 7, 2009.

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  1. Greg Richardson

    Greg Richardson Chillin' With My Peeps


    To Those of Us Born
    1930 - 1979

    1930's, 40's, 50's,
    60's and 70's!

    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 & 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 pickup 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, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's,
    no surround-sound or CD's,
    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 these accidents.
    We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a barehand 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, 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 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?'
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  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista


    I let me kids play with scissors, ride bikes in the driveway without helmets and skateboards without knee-pads.
    And sometimes....I dont make them wash their hands before they have a snack.

  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
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  4. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

    Sep 2, 2009
    Quote:Not sure where Craig Smith of World Nut Daily got that quote, but it's not from Leno.
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  5. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    Hear hear! Right on! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

    Aug 11, 2009
    Taunton, MA
    Nothing wrong with being born in 1994 either..... [​IMG]
  7. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    My boys play outside...ride 4 wheelers and dirt bikes, play in the mud and then go eat (well sometimes LOL) they are respectable and independent as well ..etc...We made it thru our childhood without all this STUFF getting in the way and without ppl telling us how we can and can't raise our children.

    Reminds me of the song, A Different World...Bucky it...
  8. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 23, 2008
    Bailey, Mississippi.
    I was born '94 and did most of the things that you did growing up [​IMG]. Joys of being country i suppose...
  9. GrayDragon

    GrayDragon Chillaxin

    Sep 2, 2009
    My niece was born in 2002, in a large city, and does most of those things.

    With the exception of the things that are just stupid, like riding without a carseat. Sure, you may have survived. A lot of kids didn't, or survived with horrific injuries. It's not somehow 'better' to have been without a carseat. Just like it's not somehow 'better' to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. Just means that if you are in a wreck, your chances of death are greatly increased, as are your chances of serious injury. Ah, the good old days when a collision at 35 miles per hour was almost guaranteed to send your kids to the hospital/morgue instead of just being something they shook off.

    Things like 'drinking out of a hose' and 'playing in trees' are no rarer now than they ever were, and lawsuits from such are so rare they are newsworthy. It is only because the internet makes local news into global that you hear of any such at all.

    And the illusion that little leagues no longer hold tryouts (funny every one I've heard of does), or that kids no longer eat dirt (not around very many kids these days, are you) or that parents no longer discipline their kids. Nah, kids today are much as they ever were. My great grandmother, born in 1915, complained that the kids born in 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, etc... right up until she died in 2001 were all undisciplined, bratty, no-account little punks and couldn't hold a candle to her generation. She's was as right about your generation as you are about ours.

    You rode in the back of a pickup truck without a seatbelt. We eliminated gender and racial discrimination to the point that a black man and two women all felt confident enough that they could potentially handle the highest office in this country. You didn't have carseats. We created genuine freedom of speech via the internet.

    We have freedom, responsibility, success, and failure. And we learn to deal with all of them. Kinda like you did.

    The people suing when their kids fall out of trees? Most of those people were born in the 60s and 70s. Interesting, isn't it?
  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Yep, and we're still here.
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