Somehow They Survived  

AngelaMarie24 36F
139 posts
8/11/2005 11:36 am

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Somehow They Survived

If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's, or 70's, it's hard to believe that you lived as long as you have.

As children,you would ride in cars with no seat belt or air bags.Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.Your baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint.There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles,doors,or cabinets.And, when you rode your bikes,you wore no helmet.(Not to metion hitchhiking to the city as a young kid!)

You drank water from a water hose and not from a bottle.Spent hours building billy-carts out of scrapes and then ride them down the hill,only to find you forgot the breaks.But, after running into the bushes a few times,you learned to solve the problem.

You would leave home in the morning and play all day,as long as you were back in when the street lights came on.You would get cut and break bones and teeth.There were no law suits for these acidents.They were accidents.Remember accidents? You had fights and punched each other,got black and blue,and learned to get over it.

You ate cupcakes,bread and butter,and drank sugar soda,but were never overweight.You were always outside playing.

You shared one grape sode bottle with four friends and no one died from this.

You did not have Playstations,Nintendo 64,X boxes,99 channels on cable,or internet chat rooms.You had friends.You ran out into the street and yelled out and found them.

You rode bikes to friend's house and rang the door bell,or just walked right in.Imagine such a thing! Without asking a parent! By yourselves! In the cold cruel world!How did you do it?

You played games with sticks and tennis balls,and although you were told it would happen,you did not put out very many eyes.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disapointment...Some students weren't as smart as others and were held back a grade.Tests were not adjusted for any reason.Your actions were your own.Consequences were expexted.No one to hide behind.

The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was inheard of.They actully sided with the law.Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers,problem solvers,and inventors,ever.The past 50 years have seen an explosion of innovative and new ideas.They had freedom,failure,success,and reponsibility.They learned how to deal with it all.

Are you one of them?

Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids,before lawyers and goverment regulated their lives.For their own good??

curious7170 42M
1 post
8/11/2005 12:28 pm

nice story

MisterPriapus 57M
6980 posts
8/11/2005 7:25 pm

OMG!!! I actually survived all of that?!!

Hmm, come to think of it, I did...

Thank you, Angela- you've put a reverse-spin nearly as lovely as yourself on a phenomenon many of us old pharts have doubtless commented on to one another, as we re-set our Fix-O-Dent and prepare to forget it(!).

That being if we wanted entertainment, we had to create it- an entire industry wasn't in place to pander to, and placate us... which tends to be the focus of the topic, "What's wrong with these kids?"

What a delight to discover someone whose insight and wisdom far outpaces her age! My sole regret is that GA & NH are so far separated- I'd love to share a Dr. Pepper from a vending machine with you... regardless of the dire risk involved from drinking out of a "returnable" bottle!


Been a while since they last let me out into polite society. Resurfacing, catching a breath, & catching up.

And while I got my Broad-Brimmed Pimping Hat on, could I cajole all of y'all to Comment on, Alone In A Cloud? It's probably the best thing that I've written!



Rockhard2x6 54M

8/12/2005 10:42 am

That's right, you got it easy. Finally someone aknowledges that.

We could eat candy cigarettes and think nothing of it. Nothing was politically correct. RC Cola and Moonpies. Dr Enuff still sucks. Not credit cards.

rm_4nik8_4u 61M
2501 posts
8/12/2005 10:47 am

Yep, that would be me! And I've got the scars to prove it! Always the daredevil! Then came sex, drugs and rock and roll! Even more amazing to survive that!!! And Vietnam, missed it by a hair! Had to register for the draft in '73 just after they decided to stop drafting. I was sweating it right up to that point!

And just so you know, I've missed you and keep checking to see if you have been back to post something. So you need to do it more often!

rm_mackyp 52M
3 posts
8/16/2005 2:01 pm


rm_SWFrance 59M

8/21/2005 8:13 pm

Did you write this piece?

If you did, you are a unique, profound eloquent writer.


GrazeToadyCovet 48M

8/22/2005 8:07 am

Childhood "The Lost Art"

dvd47 61M
2 posts
8/26/2005 3:39 pm

great message sure makes me semm old remebering doing all those things

rtrrckt 56M
79 posts
8/27/2005 4:59 pm

Yes I grew up in that era. I have many fond memorys. It was as you described an I miss it. I enjoyed reading it.


David R.

bri_tish 60M

8/28/2005 8:55 pm

Me too, I grew up in east London, the outskirts Epping forest on one side and the Hackney Marshes on the other. I'd stay out till dark and in the summer that would be 10PM spending all day running around or catching frogs, finding secret places only kids could find. If you got thirsty out in the suburbs you could just knock on a door and ask for a glass of water, and usually got orange squash* or even a glass of soda.
Those days are gone forever.

* it's an English thing, a bit like a liquid cool aid only nicer

LiveLetLive69 61M

8/29/2005 12:23 am

We must have been neighbors. Friends, when not fighting, shared life-long bonds. I kept childhood friends and added to them as I progressed to college and was born the revolutionary. Entering the mainstream workforce tore me to pieces from trying to divide free time amongst the group (also spreading out geographically). As some drifted away, others maintained tight contact. Fair weather friends? No, adolesence grown into upwardly-mobile, bonded, reproductive mates settling on the best land to raise their crops.

I miss them all...Originally, five guys and three~five girls; then college mates added 3+2; and lastly another 3+1 in Atlanta. I miss the lack of responsibility and time to canoe down the Flint River [then, in Atlanta, the Chattahochee] Saturday evening, camp outs with Black Jack and Myers Rum, and the next day, emerging from the rapids to meet our friends willing to forego the trip to be there for a ride back with a cold one or two or three for each of us. Next week Rob or Mike and I will man base camp while the others get to shoot the corkscrew and [hopefully] dodge the 'canoe eater.'

With time, it all faded away, being replaced by home ownership, two car payments, investments to fund unborn children's education, vacations, motorcycles, boats and bay runners, and OUR retirement. Baby girl arrived and our whole thinking changed; shift responsibility and reprioritize... How can we possibly be struggling to achieve our financial goals on $234k a year? Oops, Mom and Pop just moved in 'cause they no longer take care of themselves; it will be good for the kids [yep wife's with child] to have G'parents around.

Now, with a driving teen presents college tuition, books, room and board expenses. Oh no, Doctor, I can't have a heart murmur, an occluded artery and peripheral artery disease!!! DIABETES?!!!

Is there any wonder, so many years, so much money, so many lives lost in the search for the Fountain of Youth? Have you taken your protein/vitamin/mineral/amino acid/antioxidant/creatine shake this morning?

...just a little food for thought.


rm_kiltedphx 48M
14 posts
8/31/2005 6:58 pm

Yep, I remember rotary phones, my buddy getting the first microwave of anyone on the block, no cell phones, etc. Yep, we did all of those things that you listed so eloquently.

I worry about this generation trying to eliminate all hazard/danger/risk from every activity imaginable. They will NOT be able to deal with life, cuz (Standard cliche #1) "Honey, life ain't fair"

rm_Travisawex1 62M

9/2/2005 5:57 pm

Yes. Angela.
You are so right. I love this country. Been here back and fourth in 5 year now.
But what have happened to this country who was built of the tuffest, hard working people, mostly from europe in the beginning.
You are afraid of so many things. Well there are things to fear...thinking of 9/11.
But actually we are not that scared in Europe, maybe its because the size of your country, if we in Sweden for instance would hear about every murder, every bad accident, and so on, that happened in the hole of europe every day. I think I would be scared to.

Take for instance geerms. You kill every geerm you can find, in Sweden the health ministery forbid geerm killing dish washer detergent (hand wash) because it will create stronger geerms that our imundefense cant handle.
Well... thats kommunism, someone said to me.. when your gouverment intervines with your life and choises...maybe it is?
Anyway what a story!! Angela.
Not a story you would expect to find in an adult

Take care! I think you are a very special girl.

rm_2JRK7 78M

9/15/2005 11:53 pm

What a great story!! Angela, You are right. How things have changed through the years. I can remember as a boy, feeding the cows from a horse and sledge. Walking barefoot three miles to school. Eating fish till it came out my ears, and now it is that expensive that one may have it once a week. Credit cards they did not exist. Life was not easy for people in those years. Thank you Angela for reminding me that life is a wonderful thing, and we have a lot to be thankful for, and appreciate that life was given for us to enjoy it. xxxx

rm_rigidbanger 50M

9/16/2005 9:44 pm

You are contemplative indeed! You like to wacht older people and you must also be listening... very closely. I grew up in the 70's - 80's (I could do without the 80's though, hehehe) and what you have written here was the deal we had. It was great. I only wish my children could have had it so cool. Right-on Angela!


tnridgerunner42 55M
1 post
9/25/2005 10:20 pm

you are such a good writer,everything you said is true,as i remember riding in the back of my parents stationwagon on family trips.riding in the back of my uncles pick-up was fun also.but also back then,kids would get spankings and it wouldn,t have been child abuse either,believe me got my share of them.sometimes i wish i was back in those days,sure beats todays kids.thanks for this angela.

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