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Dont know if any ones seen this but I can certainly relate


Those Born 1930-1979
READ TO THE BOTTOM FOR QUOTE OF THE MONTH BY JAY LENO. IF YOU DON'T READ ANYTHING ELSE---VERY WELL STATED

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 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-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our b ikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the g arden hose and NOT from a b ottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, 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 streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hour s building our go-carts ou t 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, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or 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 tenni s balls and, although we were tol d 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, suc cess and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of 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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This really made me smile and brought back so many memories. So, so true!

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
OMG, I remember sitting in my dad's lap and "driving" the car. This was my favorite thing to do, and his too. Can you imagine! I never wore a seatbelt until I was a senior in high school.
 

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I was born april 1980 - and all that pertains to me too... i don't think most of that changed till the middle to late 80's
 
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All of that is sooo true. One other one....We were spanked, not beaten...there is a differrence.

I remember if I acted up in the grocery store I got a swat on the ass...and HEY...I"M OK!!
 

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AngusFangus said:
This really made me smile and brought back so many memories. So, so true!

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
OMG, I remember sitting in my dad's lap and "driving" the car. This was my favorite thing to do, and his too. Can you imagine! I never wore a seatbelt until I was a senior in high school.
My Dad's 1968 Ford Fairlaine had a large 'shelf' behind the back seat. I used to crawl up there and use my jacket as a pillow and sleep.
 
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I got hit one time. I remember it. I was always a good kid but one time I got a little cocky. I must have acted up and they said they were going to give me a spanking if I didn't stop. Well I kept taunting them, "you're not gonna spank me you're not gonna spank me" well when we got home.... I got it. Kids today would report their parents to the police.
 

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We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

I love these.

I remember driving to Michigan from Virginia laying on the back floor board sleeping.
 

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bearsmomma said:
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
And there were no booby prizes 'just for participating.' If you won the championship, you got a trophy. And if you didn't, you didn't. It's amazing we emerged with even a shred of self-respect.

Also - On another kid's birthday? Only THAT kid got presents! The horror of it all.......
 

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1973 here and i remember alot of that stuff (playing outside from sunrise until the street lights came on and all my mom had to do was stand on the front porch and yell our names and we heard her) and i grew up perfectly normal. it's a shame how different society is now and many new parents are worried about the world now with their children.
 
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bearsmomma said:
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

I love these.

I remember driving to Michigan from Virginia laying on the back floor board sleeping.
This is great. I remember the days that even if you made the team, you didn't always play if you sucked. Now today they have rules that everyone has to play, and you can win, but not by too much. We can't make the other team feel bad.
Remember when parents used to sit in the stands and stay out of the game? Now they are beating players and coaches.
 
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I remember walking all over town on Halloween night!! We did have to have mom check apples and popcorn balls.. :-\ But no one in my town died from eating half their haul before they got home. And when we started getting pennies instead of candy, then we knew it was time to go home.

I miss popcorn balls.....
 

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deific said:
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
I tell my kids this and they say "WHAT DID YOU DO?" LOL ;D ;D
 
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1973 here and i remember alot of that stuff (playing outside from sunrise until the street lights came on and all my mom had to do was stand on the front porch and yell our names and we heard her)
Mom had an old school bell.....we lived on the edge of town and the edge of the woods. We could get pretty far. ;D
 

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dare1969 said:
All of that is sooo true. One other one....We were spanked, not beaten...there is a differrence.

I remember if I acted up in the grocery store I got a swat on the ass...and HEY...I"M OK!!
Now you are bringing back memories. I was spanked many times, and for good reason. My grandmother kept a wooden spoon hanging on her wall and would threaten to use it on us when we got out of control. Of course we couldn't imagine sweet grandma spanking us with that spoon, until the day she did. We always listened much better after that. There is a reason why children today have little to no respect for teachers and adults in general. They are spoiled and face no consequences for their actions.

Bring back the good ol' days please. ;)
 

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'78 here, and that definitely applies.

I would like to get our grandparents' version of this...

One room schoolhouse, milking the cow before school, once a week baths, no TV...

Every generation in the last century has had a completely different childhood.
 
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