To all of us kids who survived the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's


12 Years
Jan 31, 2007
To Those of You Born
1930 - 1979

At the end of this is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please read what he said.


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-base 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 & 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 O.K.

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 Playstations, 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 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?'


CluckN'Crow Farm
11 Years
Aug 5, 2008

70's kids


11 Years
Jan 23, 2009
Irwin, Pennsylvania (Pittsburg area)
Amen to that ! I was born in '57 and I lived through all those things you mentioned and did dangerous things you didn't even mention....

We had walnut battles, I still have both of my eyes and so do my brothers and sisters and neighborhood kids......

We played "chariot race" with real live galloping ponies, on sleds in snow, with no brakes and no helmets.....

We jumped out of the hay loft to see who could jump the furthest, by getting a running start and jumping when we got to the edge ! Actually the butt whipping we got when Mom found out we were doing this was a lot more dangerous as far as we were concerned !

I waded in the creek for HOURS at a time. No one knew where I was . . . .

We actually walked a mile or so along the country road to go to the little store on the main highway to buy sodas......

We rode bikes all over the country side, no helmets, no perverts, no drive-by shootings.....

Those are the days I remember when some one mentions THE GOOD OLD DAYS !


Wanna-be Farmer
11 Years
Dec 16, 2008
yep, oh I remember the chestnut battles well.

Raising my ds now makes me realize how much has changed, and not for the better. Well not always anyway....


CluckN'Crow Farm
11 Years
Aug 5, 2008
We had an acorn fight ONCE. We all looked like we had been stung by thousands of bees
That's why it only happened ONCE!
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11 Years
Dec 25, 2008
middle of nowhere Colorado
'58 here. I had a JOB from the time I was old enough to walk. I worked feeding chickens, horses, cows and pigs and they all had to be fed before I got fed and before I got dressed for school. By the time I was 13 I was getting up at 4 in the morning to deliver papers. At 14 I worked at the drive in ice cream and burger joint and walked home everynight after dark and no one even thought to worry about me. When I was 15 I was working as a waitress at a restaurant again walking home a mile and a half after dark.
I'm thinking it's time we roll back some of those child labor laws....


12 Years
Jun 3, 2008
Western Colorado - Formerly E. TN Smokies
My Coop
My Coop
As soon as the sun was up I was outside! Still.. the smell of crisp spring morning air brings back childhood butterflies I would get when I was almost done with my oatmeal!

Green bug juice kool-aid! Ick now, but then OMG it was awesome. Water from the hose all the time
Tackle football with my brothers who were 7 years older! LOL

How many of us have the clear memory of riding in the front seat and having the parents slam ont he brakes and the right arm comes shooting across the seat as if it were some kind of impromptu seat belt contraption!

Oh the endless hours of racing as fast as we could around the block on our bike races with no regard to traffic or pedestrians!

But most of the fun was that you didn't have to be home till the street lights came on, that was really the best of all.

Oh and when I lived in the city in the summers with abuela (thats chicago w/my grandma) we would walk to Wrigley Field all the time, no parents, off to the bodega by ourselves.. there was so much trust back then..

the comparison for me is I don't even trust my daughters teachers to give her a ride home occassionally which other parents do allow. how sad for me

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