Monday, February 25, 2008

We Had It Good, Didn't We???

I know most of you have read things like this before, but I never tire of remembering "the good old days". So, here it is again, just for fun.....

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-based paints.

We had no childproof 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 and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but 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 streetlights 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, 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 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 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 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 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 the baby boomers, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids during this era.

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?!) LOL!
Jay Leno puts it nicely, as well: "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?"

So enjoy your day, all those that "survived" the baby boomer years! Wasn't life great??


  1. Heck, except for the Nintendos, that is how I raised my boys too. Its a miracle any of us are alive and kicking, huh?

  2. LOL that's fun Kitty! My dad says a lot of those same things too!
    Oh I love those paperweights you created!!! I can see where Miss Heather gets her talent from!

  3. I have heard this before too!! It is SOOO true. lol

    Love the image of the little girl in the grass skirt... so cute!

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  5. This is so true. I remember my brother laying up in the rear of the car up on the back of the seat from Maine to Mass during a family trip and no ones thought that was bad. Katie

  6. hey kitty - i am laughing, this was too fun, great post! even though i'm a bit younger,(ha!) i grew up like this. my kids look at me puzzled when i say they should WALK somewhere!
    thanks for your sweet comments too! xo

  7. Thanks, Kitty. Ahhh for the "good old days"!

  8. Memories of another day, your post was so good and made me stop and think of a simple time when there was not so much fuss made over every step we took. Those were the years my friend.

  9. I never tire or reading this one, it's all so true. How did we ever make it this far without someone telling us what to do and how to do it and when?

  10. My grandmother drove a schoolbus and would keep me in a laundry basket by her feet! I don't think there's anything better than riding in the back of a truck and looking up at the stars!

  11. Too Funny!
    Yep, did all that. Well, except for the BB gun and Little League.

    Kimberly :)

  12. That is all so true, I used to regularly skid off my little trike, no helmet ..... ah those were the days.

    thanks for sharing.
    best wishes Ginny

  13. Hope you are having a good week Kitty. :) And that you post soon. :)



  14. A toast to you! Here!here!! So true, exccept for the worm part, ick! Lori

  15. Love this! My mom sent a similar one to me before (she received it from her sister). They didn't have a tv until they were late into their teens... imagine that, no electronics, just books! (And they were better off for it, too!) =)

  16. or dad's arm was the seatbelt...while we bounced on the seat..or slept in the warm sun in the back window...

    bucky covingtons song truly rang a bell...


  17. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.



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