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Old 01-23-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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If you were born in the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and early 80s. You must read!

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 didn't 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 helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no 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 soda pop with sugar in it, 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 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 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 yelled for them!

Our houses did not have a zillion locks on them and there were no bars on the windows, bedroom were for sleeping in or studying or reading there was no TV in the room.

There was only one TV in the house and that was in the living room.

We ate dinner together as a family every night in the dinning area or room and if you were late for dinner you did not eat.

Friends were not allowed to call pass 9:00 p.m. and you had BETTER be home at your curfew or you got grounded which meant that you could not go play, or watch TV, or listen to music it WAS a punishment.

Parents did spank their kids and parents expected to be respected.

Your chores and homework had to be done BEFORE you could play, watch TV, listen to music or call your friends.

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!

This generation has 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!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

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

Ahhhh! The Good Ole' Days!!!
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Old 01-23-2006, 08:54 PM   #2
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It that why we are so messed up Thanks I needed a good excuse for the DW to understand .
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:37 PM   #3
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Awwww the good ole days!! I remember them like yesterday!
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:54 PM   #4
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THANK YOU for posting this. My friends and I (born in 1982) talk about this all the time. Give us an old refrigerator box and we had something to go on for days! Oh, how I long for simpler times...

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Old 01-23-2006, 10:41 PM   #5
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Old 01-23-2006, 10:49 PM   #6
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I was born in 1976 and must admit I had intelevision and the Colecovision......
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:22 PM   #7
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I was born in 1976 and must admit I had intelevision and the Colecovision......
WHO HOO!! Another bicentennial baby!
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:23 PM   #8
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I was also born in 76... I had Atari
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:28 PM   #9
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I was also born in 76... I had Atari

I had that too! I also had the Vectrex....but then I discovered computer games....then, I discovered boys.....
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Old 01-23-2006, 11:46 PM   #10
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After reading your post, I think we all deserve a medal!
Kids today don't have a clue what we went through, but working with kids all day, we don't have a clue what they're going through either. The world has definitely changed (and for kids, not for the better). All they have is more "stuff." Usually that's all they have. Most are lost and lonely and expected to grow up way before they're time (as coined in the classic line, "when are you going to grow up and start acting your age").

So while we deserve a medal for our trials and tribulations and what we've had to overcome, I think today's kids deserve one too. Kids should be allowed to be kids and have parents who care enough about them to take them to WDW.

By the way, I loved your post It was great! (Born in the 60's)
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Old 01-24-2006, 06:49 AM   #11
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Oh, I so remember those mudpies, running into the bushes in our gocarts...and I was a girl!!!!! Kids just don't know what they're missing today with everything organized for them. I actually had a friend over for my dd a year ago...she got here, and asked..."So, what do you have planned for us to do today?" I told her they were to 'amuse' themselves. You should have seen the look I got.
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:04 AM   #12
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Not only was there one TV, you had to get up to change the channel and wiggle the antenna. Fuhgeddaboutit when the President was on. All three stations carried it.

I grew up in NYC. That meant roller skates that clamped to your shoes and playing stoop tag. Nothing was better than getting a new Spalding.

Missing from the list is having dress codes in school. Girls had to wear skirts/dresses (and they'd better reach your knee) and guys had to wear a collared shirt, slacks and shoes. No sneakers, no untucked shirts, and no beards/mustaches.

My kids are in the early 80's range. The days were filled with kids running in and out of the house. Now on a beautiful summer day, you don't see/hear the little kids in our neighborhood. I miss that.
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Old 01-24-2006, 07:12 AM   #13
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I guess I'm especially grouchy this morning because ...so what?

So we should go back to the days of lead paint cribs and no seatbelts? Because we survived, it all right to allow our kids to not wear helmets or to hitchhike.

Every generations deal with their own set of 'trials and tribulations'.

As far as the activities, my kids do these things. I know how to turn the tv off.

In the summer, they have built things for the Anything that Floats contest. They build treeforts in the woods. They know how to ride bikes, skateboard (with a helmet), and rollerblade. They ride their bikes around town and stop at their friends houses.

Every generation has risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever or we wouldn't progress as a nation. Sure, we survived and we learned. Who do you think is making these new rules, suing people, questioning the police and telling off our kid's teachers when we don't agree with them? Who is letting our kids shop at Spencers and running around with pants hanging off their hips?

We are.
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Old 01-24-2006, 08:26 AM   #14
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Wow---- and I thought this was just a light-hearted post. Guess it shows you'll always find someone to disgree w/ you.

I found the post to be great--- and I'm reading it to ds later.
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Old 01-24-2006, 09:06 AM   #15
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Great post. I read it to my sister and we both laughed. Life was so much better when I grew up. I tell my kids how much fun we used to have playing outside and riding our bikes all day. I never sat around watching tv or playing video games. Except on Saturdays. My sister and I loved watching Saturday morning cartoons. They used to be the best.
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