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Remembering When – These were the Good-Old-Days!

In How did I get this old? on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 1:26 PM

…recently,  just how much FUN the kids of today are REALLY missing out on with all the technologically, “political correctness” and sensitivity toward not OFFENDING anyone over anything!

This recently came into full focus when I attended the High School Graduation of a close friend’s daughter.  My wife and I paused to think about Our Graduation – shocked to realize they were 47 years ago!  Talk about a reality check!!

Listening to the adults: the Principals, Superintendent, and Board of Education bigwigs – trying to sound “cool, hip and with-it” (kinda really dating myself there); then the accomplished Student Dignitaries, the various “-dictorians” trying to justify, qualify and otherwise legitimize today’s youth’s philosophies, was both sad and amusing – a really bittersweet experience.

I came away with the overall comforting feeling in that it did renew my faith in the youth of today – maybe there IS a chance for the future to be healthy, safe and productive after all.  But I still couldn’t help but feel sorry for those same future leaders for all the real-life experiences we, the “other” Seniors at the ceremony, had had that shaped us, gave us something that is missing from those kids – stamina, the strength to endure, survive, make the best of and go on.  That is what’s scary, disappointing and made me remember the following “memories.”  No, our lives weren’t perfect, but they were built on a broader base.  I pray these kids can look back on some fond memories too – but I doubt they’ll hold the same good feeling these do – I hope they give you the comfort and peace they give me!


1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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
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.
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

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 DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, 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 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, 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.
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 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 1925-1970,


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

Jay Leno:

“With hurricanes, tornadoes, 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?”

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us….. please pass this on.

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