To Those of Us Born From 1925 To 1955

No matter what our kids And the new generation think about us,


THIS IS FOR ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, ’40s, ‘and 50s, !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank While 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, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, we wore 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 airbags, 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 this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside running around and 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. Think of this, 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 a 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 and X-boxes.

There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, and no video movies or  DVDs.

No surround sound or CDs, 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 and I have a scare on my side to prove it. We broke bones and teeth and no lawsuits resulted 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 didn’t live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthday, and 22 rifles for our 12th.

We rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen we did not put out 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 make it had to learn to deal with disappointment and work harder so they would make it after the next tryouts. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the police!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 60 to 85 years saw an explosion of innovation and new ideas because we had freedom, were allowed to fail, and were encouraged to succeed, success and responsibility were part of growing up because we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are of the lucky ones born between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!

The quote of the month by Jay Leno: “With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mudslides, 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?”

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