Sunday, January 31, 2010


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

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-base 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 & 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 from this.

We ate cupcakes made with BUTTER or Ghee white bread, and Red Meat. We drank FLAV- OR- AID made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY?

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 OKAY.

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 DVD's,
no surround-sound or CD's,
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, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these 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, 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. What can kids today do besides push buttons..

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, 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.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?

The quote of the month is by
Jay Leno:

'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 swine flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'


Bobbie said...

A big hardy "AMEN"!!! I often wondered how any of us made it! kids that were born in the 70's didn't even have as many gadgets, gizmos, and protective devices..and guess what...they are all still alive and well!

Audrey said...

WOO HOO!!!! I made it too!! I love this post. I am so often reminding my mom of riding standing up in the front seat talking to the soldiers in the back seat of her taxi. -Pretty young if I could stand up on the seat and not hit my head!!!
And riding on the double sided basket on the back of their bicycle built for two. A foot in each basket sitting on a towel holding moms back...can you imagine seeing that today!!!

Constance said...

You are so right, I'm so glad that my grandchildren know what a tomato plant looks like because most of their friends don't. They have never gathered eggs, remember the having to deal with the "setting hen"; getting pecked, spurred and pooped on but you gathered them eggs and it still didn't kill one of us! Thank you so much Bay Ray! You make me proud to be older and happy to have been a child!!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I was born in 1951 and I'm still living:) Thanks for the memories!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

I was born in 1951 too! I'm with you, we all survived and really are all the better for it. We have seven grandchildren and really try to DO things with them when they're here - like ice skating, ice fishing, playing games (real ones), reading... Video games and a lot of t.v. programs sure haven't help our youth. Great post, Dawn

Prim and Proper Folks said...

Amen, Audrey! I was definitely one of those kiddos..I remember more of my childhood outside playing than inside doing anything else. :-) Thanks for the giggles and happy reminders of a fun childhood. Hugs--Susan

bayrayschild said...

Yes ladies, those were the days!


kornkribprimitives said...


I was born in 1959 but times surely have changed. I remember running through the fields playing and the woods and we were safe. We entertained ourselves. Mud pies were the trend!!!!...LOL
I enjoyed your post.
Prim blessings...Linda