to all the kids who survived the 1930's , 40's , 50's , 60's , 70's , and early 80's !
first, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
they took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didnt get tested for diabetes.
then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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 helmuts. not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
as children we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags.
riding in the back of a ute on a warm day was always a special treat.
we drank water from a 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 soft drinks with real sugar in it, but we werent 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 have playstations, nintendo's, x-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no internet or internet 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 cowboy 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 friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them !
the town football club had tryout for the junior team and not everyone made the team. those who didnt had to learn to live with the 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 !
this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever !
the past 50 years have been an explosion ofinnovation and new ideas.
we had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned:
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !
and MOST UF US 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 our lives for our own good. and while you are at it, read it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
omg..i think i have oldtimers or is it alzheimers. it must be from all the worms and mudd pies i ate as a child ! i might be laying on that same couch and talking to the same doctor that my son did !! lol
Do any of ya;ll remember the party lines. Waiting on the neighbors to hang up so you could make a call. And rotary dail.
I would have thought you were crazy back then if you said, One day we will have a cell phone with TEXT Messages.
And Cable TV who would've guessed back then we lived way out of town on a hill and would have to go outside and spin the TV Annetnna around on the House so we could tune in a different channel. Which problaly was a total of 8 channels. And a CD meant you had money in the bank not in the stereo.
My day of television was only sunday night when they had a disney move on if the bunny ears loaded with aluminum foil allowed it! Like the apple dumpling gang! I remember watching Mr. Ed, My three children, Bewitched, I forget the name of the show (old age coming on) when the girls were twins but really they were 1 girl. It was black and white and at that time it was amazing that they were able to put the same person on the screen to look like two people! I was in awe! Yup I lived outside never inside. Now I don't know how I lived without all this stuff the kids have now! I don't feel I missed out though. I loved the days sitting in raspberry bushes picking them then realzing a ant was biting you! I bit into one and there was a bug in it! OH YUCK! Then the crab apples those were always good to me! I miss those days!
I was just asked a few weeks ago from a child how it felt to be old! I asked my husband if we were old and he just laughed! I said I never understood when I was a kid that I could actually get old! Your childhood goes by to fast!
I have to say though,out of all the "adults" around me as a child saying "old people",I never found that those words were respectful....still,to this day,it's "OLDER person/people",no matter what their age is,lol,as long as they are older than me,they are refered to as "older" by me. Just my southern way of respectfully addressing someone's age when it's more than mine while conversing with others. :)
I did have foil on the antennas,as well as having to turn the large antennas on the pole in the dark on the corner of the house.....LOL! No monster ever got me...although,there were some times SOMETHING was out there and scared me inside,LOL!!!
I had an atari(can't even remember how to spell that one,lol!),at the age of 8. I played it sometimes,but would much rather race my brothers to the top of the largest tree in the yard....I always won,LOL! I remember barbies,and making my own hand-sewn sleeping bags,clothes,blankets,etc for the cabage patch doll/old dolls bought for me and sent to me from my grandma...because we couldn't afford to buy those things.....mine looked better than the magazines high-priced ones anyway!
I remember sitting down,listening to my grandparents tell us(myself and siblings)how their lives unfolded,from childhood to adulthood....I LOVED,LOVED those stories! Mainly because it's rich in history and it has to do with things that even at that time I had no idea that people lived through. I was/am still amazed at all the things that my grandparents went through and did while growing up. How little they were compensated in weekly or monthly pay for all they did back in the 20's,30's,40's and so on. I'll always remember the things those two did for us....my mawmaw was my momma,she's gone now. My papaw is still living,just had a Birthday in June....he's 81 years old.
What happened to talking to kids?????!!!!! Most parents don't even bother now a days....which is sad!
I remember spending days outside,up until right at dark. I remember reading books,cause the few channels on the tv wouldn't come in at night sometimes,no matter how many times you re-adjusted that antenna or moved those rabbit ears with foil on them.....I remember standing next to the tv touching those rabbit ears cause my electrical current in my body would hold the channel as long as I didn't let go so that my brothers could see their favorite show,lol!....can't ya tell,I'm the oldest!! HAHA.
I remember staying up late and doing nothing but talking to my mamaw,til wee hours of the morning.
WE would walk home from school most days,instead of taking the bus....just for the scenery along the way as children. We didn't stop along the way,except to say hello to a boy that had no schooling because he was deaf...we would do our best to communicate with him on the days he was outside. We would talk about the changes in the leaves,the decorations on the lawns,the rock formations in the yards,etc. We stayed off the road when cars were near,didn't talk to strangers if they approached,never went inside someones house before our parents met them and gave their approval for us to be allowed to enter into their homes. We silenced ourselves as we walked past cemetaries,feeling as though we were showing respect to those that had passed on,giving them peace as we passed from any childhood noises and talking.
We could go around the corner and down the roads walking or on our bikes as we aged,and no one would bother us.....our kids can't do that now...sad,but true.
I remember the black and white movies,not mainly because of my age,but because we didn't have color tv when I was young......and,sometimes I'd watch them with my mamaw when she wanted to,even after color tv.
I have fond memories,and not so fond memories of growing up......I'll not go there though!
The one thing I can say,is,the world has changed for most people,and some are just seeing the worst of the worst that have always been with-in our society. It's more prevelant now,that's all. We have more brought to light that instills our fears for our children....this has changed our parenting along the way. I can't completely fault the competitive world of makers of the digital side,because I believe that a lot of parents use those devices that are now made to re-inforce their children to stay inside away from the dangers that may be lurking right down the road from them. I do believe,however,that parents are spending entirely too much time away from doing things with their children. Instead,they rely heavily on computerized gadgets to intertain their children so they don't have to bother. I'd much rather see this world in the eyes of the past,like when we were kids,instead of the here-and-now. It was so much more fun when we were little. FRIENDS meant so much to us,now our kids usually have games to play with instead....sad.
lindaP, i think the show you were talking about with the twin girls might have been the patty duke show. they were identical cousins. it was a black and white show. i used to watch that show all the time. i watch TVland ALL the time now because it has all the old shows that i loved as a kid. leave it to beaver and i love lucy are still my favorites. and also, do any of you remember "penny candy". i dont think you can anything anymore for a penny ! lol
Dusty,that was Holiday that asked/posted about that show....but,yes! I loved that show too,lol! Yeah,and Alfred Hitchcock too....mamaw LOVED that one :) Oh,and Perry Mason as well....all black and white shows,lol!
Loved sitting with mamaw and watching all those :)
And who could forget Bandstand and Rock 'n' Roll. That was music. Not like some of this stuff today. Double dates? and I do remember party lines. Oh my gosh do I feel old? I don't feel as old inside as outside. The kids nowdays don't know how to have fun like we did. Going to the Diary Queen or we use to have a place called Sybils. Everybody drove round, and round and round listening to the Platters, Little Richard, Fats Dimonio, and the Supremes. Personally, I thought life was alot better and more simple back you know when.
dusty082155 They were cousins? I thought it was the patty duke show! That was it! Thanks! My dad told me they used trick photography and at that time that was unheard of. Here all this time as a child I thought that! Well either way I LOVED the show!
We just lost our last drive in movie theater. I really miss those days! They tore it down. : ( Bout 5 years ago I think.
You said it all Dusty.Although I am not as old as some of you,what was it 42??? :) I was a early 80's baby.1980 to be exact.All we did was play outside.Mom would not even let us in for Kool-Aid." You better drink out the hose."My oldest thinks its punishment to have to play outside.And what is with these stupid cards the kids have now.Daniel lives for these things.$9.00 for 6 cards.I don't think so.What happened to baseball cards?
And this might just be me but I see alot of what we call" super nanny" kids.If we threw down in the store because momma said no we could not have a toy. she would jerk us up and it was on.You did not act like that.I got in a arguement at Wal-art onetime.David was 3 and running from me and ran out in front of a car.I tore his butt up.I know not everyone agrees w/ spanking your kids.This woman got all in my face.The last time I checked I brought him in this world.He knows now not to run out in front of car.
I guess times change.One day our kids will be sitting here talking about their kids and their stupid cards.And goofy T.V. shows.Mine think Tom and Jerry,And Road Runner and Coyote are old. Man those are the best ones.My hubby and I watch Pink Panther @9:00 on boomerang every night.We are dorks. :)
Oh my gosh yes I remember! Ok that is going to be stuck in my head for a long time! lol!
Are you sure that when it was filmed that it was not just one person and they made it to be two people with trick camera whatever they do. Back in the days that was unheard of and one of the reasons the show was so cool! I think the show was about cousins, but I think it was only 1 girl. Wasn't the parent trap (the original older one) the same thing? The patty duke girl and they did the "special" filming like that? Maybe I am wrong. I have no idea that is just what I was told.