Remember the way it used to be?  

EroticallyRapt 55M
286 posts
6/20/2005 3:29 pm

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Remember the way it used to be?

I just received this in an e-mail from an old high school friend.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70'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 didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no child-proof 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 street-lights 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 walked in and talked to them!

Little League had try-outs 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!

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, forward 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?!


keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
6/20/2005 6:06 pm

This is a GREAT post. This world sure has changed in the way youth are raised. Our culture seems to try to turn kids into adults as soon as they can walk. But with none of the consequences.

EroticallyRapt 55M
336 posts
6/20/2005 8:38 pm

Yep, it sure seems that way, keithcancook.

EroticallyRapt 55M
336 posts
6/24/2005 3:09 am

I thought you'd like them, [blog hbgirl2] & candy69sosweet. I'm glad that you did.


rm_funnsocal 67M
16 posts
7/9/2005 10:53 pm

You have said it all!!!!
And what happend to our morals. When I was a teenager and a girl got pregnant she married the father. And he supported his child.
We didn't have drive by shooting.
Kids took pride in the way they dressed.
familys all sat down at a dinner table every night.
Kids worked for things they wanted.
I remember as a kid in the summer time we would try and find pop bottles in the mornings and turn them in so we could get enought money to go swiming at the park pool.
We had paper routes and it was an ego trip to ride into school with those paper bahs hanging from your handle bars.
Yes times have changed but for the most part not for the best.
Tes we have color TV, VCR's, Air Conditions, Computers, and all the other hi tek junk. Gone are the days we fixed things , Made toys to play with. The days when you could play hide and seek, baceball, footballand all the other things we did as kids. I feel so sorry for the kids today they don't really know what fun is. If I could go bact to the 1950's I would do it in a min.

EroticallyRapt 55M
336 posts
7/15/2005 4:39 am

[blog sexyfitwoman], sorry that I didn't notice your comment until now. Work and a blossoming social life have had me very distracted as of late You're right, of course. Some of the things in the list are indeed serious issues that have probably changed for the better. However, the overall gist of it is what tickled my funny bone and struck a chord with me. Sorry that it bugged you, so. I guess that the mayor of blogland has to think about things like that

racerangel69, I live in New Mexico and have seen similar things here, although not to the extreme that you saw in Europe. I'm originally from the southeast US where many of the things that you mentioned have been in place for many decades, now. Nice pics in your profile...hmmm Thanks for the compliment!

funnsocal, you got the idea that I did from it. I'm not so sure that I agree with your first point, though. Supporting a child that you create - absolutely. Marriage based on that fact alone - no way. Life is always changing for a myriad of reasons. So, it'll never be that way again... BUt, that doesn't mean that it couldn't be better...


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