We Survived  

HardNhorneee 52M
127 posts
8/30/2005 12:35 pm

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We Survived

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it raw sometimes too, our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag not in icepack coolers, but I can't remember getting e coli?

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.
We must have had horribly damaged psyches.

What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah.. and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48 cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) here too and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall the kid from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being
such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that? We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?


1_hardrock_4u 53M
76 posts
8/30/2005 1:45 pm

when i told my kids that my mom used to make me go cut a switch for her to whip my ass with( and you better not EVEN come back with a little wimpy one) they thought i was kidding.

there was a city council man in cincinatti that was being charged with child abuse this summer for whipping his unruley son with a belt.my dads belt had MY name on that sucker.

we use to get about 3 or 4 new pairs of levis (at $9) or so ,,right before school started. and you had better make those jeans last till the end of the school year when you cut the legs off of them and made your summer cloths out of them. how did we make it without $70 designers,4 times a year.

i could go on for a whole page,,,,,good blog

vegasriver 42F
22 posts
8/30/2005 1:46 pm

ohh...my goodness..so funny and so real. I grew up a few years after you but you hit the nail on the head with this. I teach 9th graders who can give you every excuse for every problem in the book and expect you to buy it. It amazes me how my parents were never locked up for the many meetings I had with my dad's belt. Where was DYFS then? Hmmmm...thanks for a trip down memeory lane..I may print this out and give it to my students. They need a reality check.

HardNhorneee 52M

9/12/2005 8:13 am

Things sure have changed alot indeed!

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