A good friend of mine forwarded me one of those “chain emails” which I normally don’t pay much attention to and/or promptly delete. But this one grabbed my attention and made me think. In fact it made me feel like a kid again for a few minutes.
I found myself comparing my own carefree childhood full of play and wandering to my own children’s rigid, somewhat fear filled childhood. My kids probably had more freedom and independance than most in this day as they grew up in the country where the worries of abduction, gangs, drugs, etc. were not nearly as prevelant, so for that I’m glad. But it wasn’t like my own childhood that is so aptly outlined in this email.
I remember vividly those hot summer days; getting up bright and early in the morning, eating breakfast and then dashing out the door, barefoot, bare headed and with no sunscreen. We played ALL day, literally until the “street lights” came on and sometimes even later if we were close to home. We never got bored, we wandered freely around the neighborhood and we didn’t get into any trouble. Everyone knew you and everyone watched out for each other.
However, I must say in defence of the current generation; perhaps they do spend more time in front of TV’s, Game systems, ipods, cell phones, etc. but not ALL kids are consumed by these distractions. Just as not ALL kids of my generation were so great or turned out so wonderful. I admire our children and in some ways pity them. They become adults far too soon. They deal with problems at an age we couldn’t even comprehend yet they have found the balance and use these marvelous inventions to their benefit, to be smarter, more productive, but still enjoy being a kid. Afterall they ARE the product of their parents…… my generation. So here it is:
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!! To Those of Us Born between 1930 – 1979:
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 may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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 made with Lard, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank FLAV- OR- AID made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing….that’s why!
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 OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them 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 Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s,
no surround-sound or CD’s,
no cell phones,
no personal computers,
no Internet and no 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 would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
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 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!
These generations have 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. What can kids today do besides push buttons.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If 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 so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?