born in the 70’s


The following words came from a forwarded e-mail (you know, those messages that are normally deleted without ever being read) that I received today.  I’m often surprised that many of us even survived our childhood and I certainly don’t think we need to regress to all of the ways of the 20th century, but these words sure made me miss those days!

 FOR ALL WHO WERE BORN IN THE 70’s (or earlier!)

We were born to mothers who took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing & tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes    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, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking    As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags . . . 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    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,  or X-boxes.  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    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!!     We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!


~ by kentuckyfaithful on June 27, 2008.

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