The Way It Used to Be!!!

 


Here's to US!!!!
 
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
WE ARE AWESOME !!!!
OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!
 
 
To Those of Us Born
 
1930 - 1969
 
At the end of this email is a
 
quote of the month by Jay
 
Leno.  If you don't read
 
anything else, please read
 
what he said.
 
 
Very well stated, Mr. Leno.
 
 
 
TO ALL THE KIDS
 
 
WHO SURVIVED
 
 
THE
 
1930's, 40's, 50's,
 
and 60'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..
 
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 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, made up games with sticks and
 
tennis balls and, although we were told it
 
would happen, we did not poke 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, show 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?'