Author Topic: Congratulations  (Read 864 times)

Langstraat

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Congratulations
« on: November 09, 2006, 11:12:50 AM »

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN 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 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.

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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank 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 O.K.

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, Nintendo's, 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 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 yelled for them!

Football teams had trials 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?!

PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age

 
 




 
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runaway

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Re: Congratulations
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2006, 07:20:47 PM »
Just one word - EXCELLENT

AnnMarie

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Re: Congratulations
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2006, 05:40:14 AM »
Well l agree with every think you said "Langstraat"---and speaking for my self--I'm very pleased to still be here after living throught the second world war. I do think we had the best times in the 40's and 50's growing up--safe to go to the park--safe to walk home from our Saturday night in town--if we missed the last bus--plenty of work when we left school--not affraid of hard work--long hours--and still here to tell the "tale"

Have a good day where ever you are
Cheers Ann Marie

Langstraat

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Re: Congratulations
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2006, 09:57:03 AM »
I really think I ought to set the record straight. The above epistle was copied to me; I cannot take the credit for it other than in bringing it to this forum. I posted it to another forum first and was surprised with the initial reaction. One member went into a rant about how us oldies (he didn't specify which age group) went on and on about how things were hard etc. he failed to get the point as did several others. One suggested I went to local cemeteries where I would find many who hadn't made it. I was quite proud of my witty reposte I said that it was directed at the survivors hence the Congratulations those who couldn't read it would have to make their own arrangement to have it sent on.
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Kayt

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Re: Congratulations
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2006, 10:40:01 AM »
Ohh, I have another one of those which was posted on another forum I visit:

FOR THOSE BORN BEFORE 1986

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived,
because:

1) Our baby cots were covered with brightlycoloured lead-based
paint which was promptly chewed and licked.

2) We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or
cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.

3) When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops (or wooden
Scholls) and fluorescent 'spokey dokey's' on our wheels.

4) As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags -
riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

5) We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same.

6) We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice
with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we
were always outside playing.

7) We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and
no-one actually died from this.

8) We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve
the problem.

9) We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as
we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one
minded.

10) We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 999 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.

11) We had friends - we went outside and found them.

12) We played elastics and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt!

13) We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law
suits.

14) We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other
parents.

15) We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

17) We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to
school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which
was just round the corner.

18) We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.

19) We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

20) The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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're one
of them.

Congratulations!

We've been lucky to grow up as real kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for
our own good.


Langstraat

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Re: Congratulations
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2006, 11:05:21 AM »
Kayt,

A variation on a theme which is just as poignant it's obliviously doing the rounds at the moment and reminds us of so many antics which fashioned our childhood. I particularly liked the reference in the first rendition:  "We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on." In those times the street light's clocks were adjusted by the highways department and were set to come on and off at pre-set times altered each equinox.
Good times or bad we each make up our own minds the only fact that cannot be denied is that they were different times to today. We were a product of the society we lived in as indeed to-days kids are.
Would we have turned out as we did living in todays climate? I think not as one of our peers sang "Times they are a changing"

 :) ;)
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