How Did we Survive? Boomers had Dangerous Childhood! The Horror.
We are the bottom end of the baby boomers. The things we were subjected too that today's kids are not will blow your mind. Yet we are still here and going strong. Here are some things to think about.
Jay Leno put it best when he said ..
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 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-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, 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 O.K.
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 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! Oh...and we liked it that way!