A Lesson For All The Kids Born After 1969 -- From The Kids Born In The 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s
Word On The Street
Thoughts & Opinions from My Personal Perspective
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Submitted by Steve Smith, Contributing Columnist
Not necessarily the opinions of WCBM 680 or WCBM.COM
(but they should be!)
January 17, 2014, Ferndale, MD
A LESSON FOR ALL THOSE BORN
-- FROM THE KIDS BORN IN
THE 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s
--- Author Unknown
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took real aspirin, ate bleu 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 brightly colored lead-based 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 with lots of icing, white bread, real butter, bacon and real eggs, and drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We were always disappointed when it was raining and we couldn’t go outside.
When speaking to adults, it was always ‘Yes, Sir’ or ‘No Ma’am’. If we used a cuss word within the hearing of a playmate’s parents, our own parents would get a call from them and boy were we in for it when we got home!
If we got into trouble in school, we’d have our backside whacked, then we got it again when we got home! It didn’t make us resentful of authority, it made us well-behaved and not willing to risk it again!!!
After school and our homework was done, or during summer vacation, we would leave home and play, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us, but we were always O.K.
We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps, 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 a few bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
Some of us ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
It was almost a ritual that on a boy’s 10th birthday he was given a BB gun. We saved up pennies, nickels & dimes to buy caps for our toy guns (without the orange tip) so we could play cops and robbers or pretend Army, and we were never told it would turn us into raving murdering maniacs. G I JOE was the boys’ hero, and Barbie was the favorite of girls.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any 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, then try harder for the next time.
The very idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law and told the cops to keep us!
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 without going crazy and killing a bunch of people.
If YOU are from one of these generations that managed to survive all this and more, then 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 (as they like to tell us over and over)..
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
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 the other and with the threat of swine flu and terrorist attacks, are we really sure this is a good time to try to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”
"IN GOD WE TRUST"
Thanks for your time, I hope this has been enlightening.
Steve Smith for WCBM & WCBM.COM
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