View Full Version : Somehow We Survived!!!

02-05-2003, 02:41 PM
Doesn't just apply to those in the 60's & 70's. I believe its probably anyone prior to the 80's

Somehow We Survived!!!

You lived as a child in the 60s or the 70s. Looking
back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as
we have.................

As children, we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or airbags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors,or
cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no
helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of
scraps and then rode 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 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. No cell phones.

We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.

We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there
were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were
accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember
accidents? We had fights and punched each other and
got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar
soda but we were never overweight....we were always
outside playing.

We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one
bottle and no one died from this? We did not have
Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games
at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies,
surround sound, personal cellular phones, Personal
Computers, Internet chat rooms, we had friends. We
went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked
to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the
bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such
a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves!

Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian.
How did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate
worms and although we were told it would happen, we
did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live
inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the
team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with

Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed
a grade and were held back to repeat the same
grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any

Our actions were our own. Consequences were
expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent
bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law, imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-
takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The
past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and
new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
responsibility, and we learned how to survive. And
you're one of them.


Please pass this on to others that have had the luck to
grow up as kids, before lawyers and government
regulated our lives, for our own good.

02-05-2003, 02:54 PM
Ahhh, the good old days.....

02-06-2003, 04:46 AM
I took my daughter to the house I grew up in so maybe shed get an idea of how lucky she really is, shes 6 by the way..
We pulled up, the house was a lil "A" frame type deal, she goes, "Dad, you only had one garage ? Whered did u park the cars " I said, " Outside"
She said, "Ewwwwww, that had to be horrible, glad we dont have to do that.." LOL LOL

I started laughing thinking that she has no idea what it was like back in the day..
One day she will understand..


02-06-2003, 05:13 AM
I grew up in a 3 bedroom home, one bath, with 7 sisters & 6 brothers. My daughter thinks her bathroom is too small. Whatever. LOL

02-06-2003, 05:13 AM
This just happened last night..

I have a 15 year old niece.She called me last night in a mad panic.She couldnt get in touch with her mom,or anyone else so she called me.I asked her what was wrong.She told me she couldnt get online.She had tried everything,had called tech support,but she just couldnt get online.I asked her why she needed to get online..like does she have an important paper due,or perhaps needed to email someone urgently.Nope,nothing like that.Just the concept of not being able to get online was freaking her out.

I told her that when I was her age,we used to have power failures on a regular basis.Everything went dark.This could last minutes,hours or even days.We would light candles,and gobble up all the food in the frig before it went bad.We didn't sue the electric company,we didnt see a shrink about the trauma,we didnt take drugs to get through it...we just survived!

Her brain couldnt process this information.