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This was sent to my husband... I thought I would share it with all of you... ENJOY! and share with us your memories.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s !!

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 childproof 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 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 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, Nintendos, 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 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!

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?!



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      Kim Arrasmith wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • I enjoyed this so much....It’s funny this morning we were talking about how as kids we got along fine without cell phones. We got along fine without many of the things kids today think they can’t live without.
      I’m gonna forward this to some of my friends. I loved it!



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Kimmyarra,

      My real estate partner and I were just driving down a busy highway here in Birmingham. We both said look around at how many people were on their cell phones. It was CRAZY! A couple of cars pulled out in front of us and of course, we were complaining about their driving...Guess what, cell phones in use...

      Glad you enjoyed it. I thought it was a great read.



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      Kim Arrasmith wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • It is very dangerous to talk, and text while driving. I’m just curious....Is it still legel to use your cell, and drive in Alabama? I drive trough Birmingham at least once a month, but luckily I have bluetooth.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Hey Darla,
      I’ve seen this piece a couple of times before. It’s funny is so true.
      The things that we didn’t have to worry about back then! Everything has changed so drastically in the past 20-30 years it’s mind boggling at times.
      The scary thing though is that our parents were saying the same thing that we are saying now when we were kids...wow!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Have you heard the song by Bucky Covington? It’s this exact topic! You both are right on the $$.

      I rode my bike EVERYWHERE. Now, my best friend won’t let her 14-year-old ride down the street without her.



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Cindylou, I use to get upset when my Mom would call us in for dinner. We were too busy playing kickball. riding bikes, or a huge group of us in someone’s yard just talking... I would love to know how many miles I put on my bike. I lost my 2 front teeth from a bike wreck. A kid was chasing me on his bike and I was looking back at him instead of ahead and SMACK right into a parked car...  Blood everywhere..You know nobody threatened anybody, no lawsuits, nothing. Broken bones and teeth were just part of growing up.

       Kimmyarra, Yes cell phones are legal here. Is it  amazing how they are everywhere... Movies, Eating out, Shopping... People cannot live without them.  

      In my job my cell phone is my lifeline. I still do not answer when I am eating out, It is on vibrate... Movies... people should be slapped... People it is rude....As much as a movie cost today, I did not pay to hear your conversation. Glad I got that off my chest...

      Amostfive0- You know we are getting older when we sound like our parents. Yikes... Just kidding MOM, really...

      Annie123,Girl, We can all use some tweaking.



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      Leeann wrote Oct 7, 2008
    • Wow, I just relived my childhood in your blog! when I was little I stood up between my parents, when my dad drove the car. I could have gone through the windshield. Now you have to be 12 to ride in the front seat of the car because of the airbag.



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      Varmelle LaTrice wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • OMG! I love this piece so much.  I’m one of those people who walk practically everywhere...doctor’s office, dentist, grocery shopping,etc. Living in a great neighberhood makes it all possible, however, not with out my CELL.  Don’t want to miss that ever important phone call! What a shame, I even sleep with the darn thing!



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