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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 05:44 PM
Just thought I'd share this as it was shared with me today...plus it is post '1969' and I remember sitting on top of my uncle's station wagon watching Apollo 11 lift off. The flame was like a welders flame.

My kids have never experienced the life I had. I was afraid of nothing, bought soda's and beef jerky from a corner store and rode my bike all day in areas I should've been scared.

'Life was a tire swing, jumbalia was the only song I could sing', even if I couldn't spell it.

Here's to the fading memories...
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Have you ever had one of those days when you just didn’t know what to say? The thought would be there but the words just wouldn’t come together.

Then, by chance, you read or hear something that you just wouldn’t change for the world and discover that the message just had to be passed on! It happened to me and here it is.

This is for those who have never seen a miracle and doubt that God has ever intervened in their lives:

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 were pregnant.

They took 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 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 infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup 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 Kool-Aid made with sugar, 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 OK.

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 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or 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.

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!

— Author Unknown


[Edited on 6/24/2007 by TanDan]

[Edited on 6/26/2007 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 06:02 PM

We did not have PlayStations, Nintendos, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.


THAT is why me & miss thang go to the hoopee ever chance we get!! we listen to music, talk, walk, she drive me round in the buggy, cook, eat & LISTEN to each other...




 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 06:10 PM
Renee,

Please tell me what a "hoopee" Is .....

And Dan,

We had the exact same childhood....

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 06:36 PM
I sometimes wonder what the kids will do 10-20 years from now. At some point the coddling of children in everything they do has to stop. Play baseball, football, catch a fish, skin a knee and get a bruise. That bright object in the sky that's the sun get outside and soak it up.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 06:37 PM
Yes, on the one hand it's good to see the progress that has resulted in all these playstations & stuff like that that kids can enjoy nowadays. I don't think it has necessarily stilted interaction among kids
On the other, I too grew up in the same era of the late 50s-early 60s, and wouldn't have traded b&w TV, the games of cowboys & indians, cops & robbers, kickball, hide n go seek, for anything -- playstation included! -- that's where I think "progress" rendering things like that obsolete, is too bad...
You mentioned helmets though -- bikers (bicyclists) & skiers wearing helmets nowadays bugs me -- why even do those things if you're afraid of falling on your noggin? They look so out of place.
"Second hand smoke" is another thing that bothers me -- just another non-issue dredged up by the media or whatever -- in the old days the smoke could get quite dense at Bruins and Celtics games at Boston Garden -- or in a restaurant -- but no one complained.

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 07:16 PM
I feel fortunate to have grown up in the 60s and 70s and recently said to somebody, that Im sure glad Im not coming up in this age!. sure we had less, but in a way we had much more!!!. and kids seem to whine a whole lot more with all the abundance they have!. check this out, [not the first clip!, the second one] http://www.comcast.net/providers/fan/popup.html?v=391040490&pl=39092169 4.xml&launchpoint=Cover&cid=fancover&attr=default_headline& config=/config/common/fan/default.xml&cvqh=vh_lexus

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 07:22 PM
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To all the kids who survived the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s!


what are we going to call this ten year span we are in anyways?

the 00's? greatest hits of the 00's?

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 08:03 PM
I can't wait until I'm in a Nursing home and someone bangs their cane on the wall and says, "Dammnit! Put on some Hendrix!!"

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 08:48 PM
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I can't wait until I'm in a Nursing home and someone bangs their cane on the wall and says, "Dammnit! Put on some Hendrix!!"



What a riot... Love It.....

Yep, thats my generation

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 09:50 PM
And remember, there was only three channels on TV and we WERE the channel clicker as in, 'Hey, get up and change that channel, son".

I remember feeling ten feet tall and bullet proof in my coon skin cap and kentuck' rifle. I remember showing my dad how I ramroded my cork 'musket balls' with the ramming rod and later on finding the rod totally missing! How was I going to defend the frontier without my ramming rod? I guess with two eyes, anyhow. Never knew what became of that rod.

Hey Bluedad, we're just twin sons of different mothers!

 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 10:25 PM
i remember when we got our first color tv.13 inch and weighed about 200lbs.lol,and how about when pong came out?one family had it,we would all go over to take turns playing.and how about when all in the family came out?those were the days my friend!
 

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  posted on 6/24/2007 at 11:02 PM
ever have one of those days? i had exactly that kind of day! today is my parent's 57th wedding anniversary. as i sat and listened to them talk about myself and my siblings as kids many of these same points were brought up. hopefully my nieces will have her own experiences like these that they can pass down to their children and grandchildren someday.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 07:51 AM
Jeez you people are old! Did you write on stone tablets?

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 08:35 AM
I remember having to walk 20 miles to an Allman Brothers concert ... uphill -BOTH ways ... IN THREE FEET OF SNOW IN THE MIDDLE OF JULY!!!

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 10:58 AM
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To all the kids who survived the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s!


what are we going to call this ten year span we are in anyways?

the 00's? greatest hits of the 00's?



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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 12:07 PM
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I can't wait until I'm in a Nursing home and someone bangs their cane on the wall and says, "Dammnit! Put on some Hendrix!!"


heh...that'll be me in the next room.

 

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To all the kids who survived the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s!


what are we going to call this ten year span we are in anyways?

the 00's? greatest hits of the 00's?



Double naughts


If the 1890s were the gay nineties and the 1920s were the roaring twenties, could the present decade be the Cheery Ohs? Jethro Bodine was a double naught spy.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 12:18 PM
lollll...I'd forgotten about Jethro.

Good one!

 

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when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
rode my bike all day in areas I should've been scared.
Dan and Stephen, here's a typical June 25 circa '60s, Rockford, Illinois:
* Wake up to sound of city crews removing elms with Dutch elm disease.
* Eat cereal.
* Ride bikes (one-speed) all morning--with baseball glove on the handlebars, in case--with any of either numerous siblings, numerous kids right from our street, numerous school friends from nearby in the hood, or just by self. No travel itinerary submitted to Mom, since we didn't know what would happen that morning, anyway. No cell phones--are you kidding? Just out somewhere.
* Back home for lunch: grilled-cheese sandwich dipped into Campbell's tomato soup with crunched-up Saltines.
* Ride bikes all afternoon. It was blazing heat, but you didn't care, because nobody had AC, so you'd just get acclimated to the real summer.
* Back home for dinner.
* Ride bikes until dark to the accompaniment of cicadas.
* Back home to watch TV.
* Nice day. Go to bed. Again, no AC, so you have the windows open and listen to the trains way off by the river.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 01:14 PM
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Jeez you people are old! Did you write on stone tablets?




Well sonny, the big hit when I was born was the Mills Brothers singing "GlowWorm"

"Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire
Glow like an incandescent wire
Glow for the female of the species, turn on the AC and the DC
This night could use a little brightning
Light up you little ol' bug of lightning
When ya gotta glow, you gotta glow---Glow little glow worm--glow."

Anybody remember catching fireflys at night?

 

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when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
rode my bike all day in areas I should've been scared.
Dan and Stephen, here's a typical June 25 circa '60s, Rockford, Illinois:
* Wake up to sound of city crews removing elms with Dutch elm disease.
* Eat cereal.
* Ride bikes (one-speed) all morning--with baseball glove on the handlebars, in case--with any of either numerous siblings, numerous kids right from our street, numerous school friends from nearby in the hood, or just by self. No travel itinerary submitted to Mom, since we didn't know what would happen that morning, anyway. No cell phones--are you kidding? Just out somewhere.
* Back home for lunch: grilled-cheese sandwich dipped into Campbell's tomato soup with crunched-up Saltines.
* Ride bikes all afternoon. It was blazing heat, but you didn't care, because nobody had AC, so you'd just get acclimated to the real summer.
* Back home for dinner.
* Ride bikes until dark to the accompaniment of cicadas.
* Back home to watch TV.
* Nice day. Go to bed. Again, no AC, so you have the windows open and listen to the trains way off by the river.


And if you had a radio, before going off to sleep, watch the glow of the diaodes thru the air slits on the back of it, smell the dust being burnt off. All of this was after watching 'The Time Tunnel' on TV.

 

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Thats a good one............... and the snow was blowing sideways too

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 03:24 PM
The couch potatoes have reproduced.

Coincidentally, I just heard this morning on the radio that a statistical study now shows that LESS than 10% of kids today do any outdoors activites outside of organized sports.

I raised my son on trips to the mountains and backpacking and hiking and backcountry fishing since he was old enough to carry a little pack. It was an investment of time that paid off. At 21 he now mountain bikes, rock climbs, hikes/camps will graduate from college with honors. A real well rounded kid that knows how to escape the hectic world we live in without chemicals.

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 03:44 PM
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Renee,

Please tell me what a "hoopee" Is .....

And Dan,

We had the exact same childhood....

hoopee is the ohoopee river. my land butts up to it which makes it one of my landlines. it don't pronounce like hoop (hoop cheese), it say like hookie, hoopee
we got a camper down there & we go stay

 

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  posted on 6/25/2007 at 03:56 PM
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ever have one of those days? i had exactly that kind of day! today is my parent's 57th wedding anniversary. as i sat and listened to them talk about myself and my siblings as kids many of these same points were brought up. hopefully my nieces will have her own experiences like these that they can pass down to their children and grandchildren someday.

happy anniversary to your mama & daddy

 

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