TO ALL THE  KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s and  50’s !!

Thanks to Louise but mainly to God

1930’s, 40’s and  50’s !!

Born to our mothers who might have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and then 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,

locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

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.

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 OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of  scraps and then ride them down the hill, 
Only to find out that we forgot about brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times,

we learned to solve the problem.

We did not  Have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were No video games,
No 150 channels on cable, No video movies 
Or DVDs, No surround-sound or  CD’s,
No cell phones, No personal computers,
No Internet and No chat rooms.
And we went Outside and found them!

We fell out of  trees, got cut,
Broke bones and  Lost teeth,
And there were No lawsuits
From those accidents.

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.

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 

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 60 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 1925 &1955,


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 this 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 ?

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