The Way It Used to Be!!!


Here's to US!!!!
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
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.
1930's, 40's, 50's,
and 60's 
First, we survived being born to mothers who
smoked and/or drank while they were
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing,
tuna from a can and didn't get tested for
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
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 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
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
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
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,
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?'




Submitted by Randy Smith on

based on your reckless comments here, I have informed child protective prepared...

Submitted by Randy Smith on

lol....the comment above was not written by me, although it has my name...apparently some sort of nutter posting on this site...