TO ALL THE KIDS WHO
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO
1930's, 40's, 50's,
60's and 70's!!
60's and 70's!!
To Those of Us Born 1930 - 1979
Here's to US!!!!?
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
WE ARE AWESOME !!!!
OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who 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, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-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 worm 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 poke 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 l aw!
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.
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?
OK Great List! The rest of this is where I get off, so to speak!
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us...go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us...pass this on.
OK - I do not argue for or against the "GOD FACTOR" I am way to ignorant to say definately "There Is NO God!" However, I hate when folks create propaganda for OR AGAINST GOD. I have admitted in recent years my doubts in a all knowing being in favor of science. Still hope they can coexist. However, if there is a GOD, I have to believe that most of the SO CALLED DEVOUT truly abuse HIS name and what HE (OR SHE) may or may not stand for. I would never speak out against GOD. Not my place. But I really detest those that judge others IN HIS NAME!!! I have met way to many jerks and evil people claiming to be spreading GOD's word. GOD is under attack, TRUE, by many fronts including science, art and media. Perhaps some are getting desperate as they are under threat of becoming a minority. After decades - centuries - of persecuting other minotiry groups in GOD's name, perhaps they feel their power dwindling. Of course, what is the alternative? SCIENTOLOGY??? Yikes! Any religeon selling itself in Times Square like a comedy club makes me run teh other direction.
SO WHAT AM I SAYING???
I will always live by the notion.... God created man; Man created Religeon. Individuals since the daewn of man have propped themselves up as deliverers of THE WORD OF GOD(s). Some were peaceful profits and wise men hoping to give order out of chaos. Many (most) were greedy scoundrels recognizing the power of fear to control the people. Up until the past century, fear of the elements was enough. Now we fear everything from our neighbor to strangers to terrorists to even alien attack. Killer Asteroids, Volcanos, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Tsunamis, Tornados, etc etc etc the list goes on and on. This fear gives politicians, corporations and religeons the power to prey on our fear.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY - LIVE
Live for hope! Not in Fear!
Don't fear the unknown, celebrate it.
Don't fear your neighbor, reach out.
Don't fear getting hurt, be vulnerable.
Don't fear rejection, take chances.
Don't fear failure, learn from mistakes.
MAKE BIG MISTAKES &
LEARN FROM THEM
In other words LIVE!!!