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Born 1925 - 1955

Another take on us older folks!


*Our Lives are LIVING PROOF !!! 

*To Those of Us Born*
*1925 - 1955:*

*At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.*
*If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said.*
*1930's 40*s, and* 50's

*First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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 and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no
booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no

*Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special

*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.*

*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 OKAY.*

*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, Nintendos*
*and X-boxes. There were*
*No video games,*
*No 150 channels on cable,*
*No video movies*
*Or DVDs,*
*No surround-sound or*
*No cell phones,*
*No personal computers,*
*No Internet and*
*No chat rooms.*

*And we went*
*Outside and found them!*

*We fell out of*
*trees, got cut,*
*Broke bones and*
*And there were*
*No lawsuits*
*From those accidents.*

*We would get*
*Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare
* And no one would call child services to report abuse.*

*We ate worms,*
*And mud pies*
*Made from dirt,*
*The worms did*
*Not live in us forever.*

*We were given*
*BB guns for our 10th birthdays,*
*22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,*
*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*
*And not everyone*
*Made the team.*
*Those who didn't*
*Had to learn*
*To deal with*
*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 60 to 85 years*
*Have seen an explosion*
* of innovation and new ideas.*

*We had freedom,*
*Failure, success and responsibility,*
*and we learned*
*H**ow to deal with it all.*

*If YOU are*
*One of those born*
*Between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!*

*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 ?*
*The quote of*
*the month*
*Jay Leno:*
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Somehow I survived.  Though I was born a few years after that range, most of this still applies to me.  Babies riding on moms laps in the car.  I babysat my brother when I was 11.  I use the term babysat very loosely as I was often found outside playing while he napped.  Remember, no baby monitors in those days, or if there were, we couldn't afford them.

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Well, ok. Corporal punishment was more common in school. That was never a good thing.

My partner, did play with the boys and learned to swim on his own in the creek.  Mind boggling, actually when you think about it.

At age 11, my mother trusted me and sister (1 yr. younger), to look after all little siblings. Including baby who was under 12 months old. She had to go shopping during the day. fAthr was at work. So we were left alone in house for up to 2 hrs.

Mind you, my parents were very safety conscious. We were trained to sit in front of tv, play in living rm. or read.  Never to turn on stove or even turn on bath water when no parent was at home.  This is all possible....if kids don't have attention deficiet disorder.

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The mortality rate of kids is half what it used to be. That is wonderful.

While corporations are constantly coming up with new ways to poison us, lead is nasty, nasty, sh*t, and easily causes permanent damage to the brain. Not really something to joke about.

When I was in Jr High, the teach picked the class wiseguy off the ground, slammed him into a cinderblock wall, knocking him out.

Generations are also quite different. That mixes up the Depression era kids with the Boomers. They were vastly different.


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Per the quote I missed it by 10 years but that's how I grew up.  

My son would ask me what games I played when I was a kid.  Games, like rock wars, hide & seek, ding dong ditch.  Oh on Nintendo or Playstation?  No freaking outside, we played outside!    He'd also always say "pause" instead of "time out" to which I would say I'm not a controller and keep pummeling him or do whatever I was doing until he said time out or stop.

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5 minutes ago, Kzoo said:

By the quote, I just made it - August.  And as for @late's comment about lead, eating all those paint chips as a toddler never bothered me...

Who eats paint chips?


"Lead is most dangerous to children, especially those under six. Nearly one half of a million children living in the United States have levels of lead in their blood that exceed ten micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, a level at which adverse health effects are known to occur. Lead poisoning can affect virtually every body system; it can damage a child's central nervous system, kidneys, and reproductive system. At high levels, lead can cause coma, convulsions, and death. Even low levels of lead in young children's blood can be harmful and can result in decreased intelligence, impaired neurobehavioral development, decreased stature and growth, and impaired hearing. Because childhood lead poisoning often has no distinctive clinical symptoms, it can go unrecognized.

The most significant sources of lead exposure for U.S. children are deteriorated lead-based paint and dust contaminated with lead."



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Great quote from Leno! I passed it along to friends.

A lot of the safety things - like seat belts - are great things and a lot of things we used to do without fear - like playing outside unsupervised - has sadly become impossible in most locales in the USA.

But some of the things we do today are very questionable. Like the mention of lawsuits. Once when I had jury duty, I was on a voir dire group of 30 from which the jurors would be chosen for a civil trial over someone getting hit by a car in a parking lot.  The judge asked, "Was anyone in the juror pool ever a pedestrian hit by a vehicle?"

I raised my hand, was told to approach the bench, where I explained I was a kid and a buses horn scared me into jumping into traffic where I was hit by a truck.  Her honor asked if a lawsuit was involved and, without thinking, I blurted out, "Your honor, people didn't do that in the 1960's."

Of course, I wasn't picked for the jury!

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