We Survived

I’ve seen this before, but today it showed up in my inbox again. Every time I read about some kind of political correctness psycho-babble, I think of the “good ‘ol days”.

To all the kid’s who survived the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s…

  • We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
  • Our Mom took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
  • Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
  • We had no child-proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets
  • When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
  • We rode in cars with no 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 garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
  • We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE died from it.
  • We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, and 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 street lights 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 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, only 12 channels on television, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cellphones…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 birthday, 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.
  • The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

 This is pretty much how I grew up. It’s a different world today.

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