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THOSE BORN 1920-1979
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 brightly coloured lead-based paints.

We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, 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 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 and real butter. We drank
Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because...
well...WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as
long as we were back home when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. and we were OK.

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, 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 or chatrooms...we had real live friends and
we went outside and hung out with them! All day long!

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 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 us, 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, you may want to share this with 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?

For those who prefer to think that God is not watching over us...
Ignore this!
For the rest of you...share this with your friends and family.

A good quote for the day...
'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?' ~ Jay Leno


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Comments (10)

Love it Brenda.

It was a wonderful time to grow up. Thank you for stirring up alot of good memories. I came across an old box of jacks today. Funny, then I read your post. I spent many hours on our front porch playing jacks and hop-scotch with bobby pins hooked together for a lager (I think that's what we called the thing we threw on the squares). Having a little chain hooked together worked even better. The good old days.

I smiled when I saw the picture of the Butterick patterns. Lately I’ve been looking at patterns for a dress for my son’s wedding and there’s a whole section with those 1950’s and 1960’s dresses. I don’t know anyone who would wear them. Neither do I know anyone with a tiny little waist as the ladies on the cover. ;)

Barb,
Bobbypins linked together! That brings back memories for me, also...I used to have "my own" bobbypins, and had to keep them linked together when I wasn't using them, to make sure they weren't used by my sister or my grandmother! If they were linked together, no one touched them as I left them lying on the vanity top in the bathroom. If they were loose on the counter, they were as good as gone! :-(

Maria,
I used to make all my clothing and my kid's clothing! I have a huge box of those old patterns in my garage!
What to do with them? I haven't the heart to throw them out...my daughter says I should set up an E-Bay store and sell all of that memorabilia there.

Tiny waists? Not!

jerri:

Can you tell me how Merle Shain died? I found you on a Google search. Just curious I found out she was dead today. Nice blog. U don't have to post this but please email me thanks.

Leslie:

Brenda, isn't that a 62 Caddy? My dad had a white one with red leather...god it was beautiful!

Leslie,
It might be! The owner lives in Savannah Georgia and runs a company called Classic Caddy Tours. He picks up clients, takes them for a grand tour of the area in this Cassy or in his identical black Caddy convertible! What a cool way to spend the afternoon!

Check out his website...it's fantastic...totally interactive and you can actually 'drive' the Caddy down the street!

www.classiccaddytours.com

Jen:

Wow, those patterns sure bring back memories, as does the Caddy..what a great day that was!

Jen

Thanks, Jen!
It was a great day wasn't it?
We're doing a repeat with Geoff this spring, so I'll raise a cool one for ya! ;-)

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