Sometimes I miss the good old days…

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!! (ok, I’m not sure sure the 70’s given how sensitive so many 30-somethings are today but…)

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. (and had healthy babies too……….the noive….LOL)

They had no maids. They cooked /cleaned while taking care of us at the same time. (And some of them even worked full time jobs too. My mother did, from the time I was 8 or 9, and I was the oldest in the family. My brother, sister and I were what is known today as, latchkey kids).

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. (oh the horrors!!!!)

We had no child proof 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. (yep, we had the same lectures about hitchhiking too, but times were relatively safer then too).

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. (and survived………….how dare we).

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. (then again, we had to share, as we’d pool our pennies to buy the one bottle, we didn’t have allowances).

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with lots of sugar, but we weren’t overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! (indoors was for rainy days only – OR you were being punished).

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 outside in the bright sunlight without worrying about the UV rays which never seemed to affect us. (no sun block…………no skin cancer…..hmmm)

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. (OMG how I remember that….LOL)

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, 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 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. (more likely than not your mother punished you for scaring the wits out of her after she made sure you were alright. At least that’s what mine did……LOL)

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. (ok, I admit it, I never actually ate dirt OR worms…..I had my standards even as a child…………LOL)

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!! (yep, we had to learn to handle not always winning or being chosen. It prepared us for the real world)

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! (Actually, we were more afraid of our parents than the law…..when authorities got done with you, the parents then added to the punishment)

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?!


~ by swfreedomlover on December 12, 2007.

3 Responses to “Sometimes I miss the good old days…”

  1. OMG I sooooooooooo remember this! LOL How DID we survive? No government to SAVE us??? No one legislating our rights away, we actually HAD FREEDOM! I do so remember this well. (nope, never ate worms or mud pies either but I do remember making the pies, LMAO) Oh, thank you for reminding me of some very wonderful times!

  2. You’re most welcome! Yes, the memories reading that brings back are indeed wonderful. Not only that, we were more tolerant back then also. We believed in, and practiced, live and let live. Helped when it was needed, but never butted into other people’s lives. We looked after each other without intruding. Those are wonderful memories I have. Poor as we were, we were happy and free!

  3. good old days were much clever, as far as we go as harder we forget our past, it will bring new wars, new wars will bring new ‘good old days”

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