To Those of You Born Between 1930 – 1979

My sister sent this to me on Facebook and thought I’d share it with my fellow bloggers. It reminds of when my elder brothers and sisters reminisce about the good old days when they were kids. 

It’s also a stark reminder of how things once used to be and how things are now.  It’s written by David Eisner.  I’m not sure who he is but I enjoyed reading this and my sister did get a little emotional when she read it to me over the phone. 

… and do let me know if you relate to this post and how you feel about things having changed so much.

First, we survived being born to mothers who 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-base 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 & 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 truck 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 ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-aid
made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY? 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 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 PlayStation, Nintendo and X-box.. There were no video
games, 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 and no chat

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 BeeBee guns for our 10th birthday, 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!!

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 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

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: ‘With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a
good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’

62 responses to “To Those of You Born Between 1930 – 1979

  1. Man when I read this I can imagine doing each one of these things. Funny how people from all walks of life could relate to this type of childhood….which by the way was the best childhood!!!

  2. You can’t allow your children to walk any where alone now days or they may end up on a milk carton…or on some porn video from some sick bastard…Times has truly changed and not for the good.

    And the obesity rates has went up for real because these kids are so lazy now!!

    • A lot changed due to child abductions etc. I rarely let my nieces and nephews out on their own.

      No one feels their kids are safe anymore which contributes towards the fact it’s safer letting them stay indoors playing on game consoles and sitting on the net.

      I wonder if things could ever be like that again.

      • Probably not, but America could do better with (parenting) I mean we could go outdoors with our children and play a little kickball or soccer or something instead of buying them tons of expensive video games. This summer I plan to do more outdoor activities with my kids…just because I am guilty of all of the above…computers, video games and so on…

        • We did do outdoor activities with our parents. But never alone.

          A foster family I lived with used to take us horse riding and biking all the time. They’d also make us walk to certain places, like the supermarket. We’d do our shopping then get a taxi back or the father would come buy car, pick up the shopping and we’d walk back home.

          We have become a lazy bunch of fat asses…it’s so true 😉

  3. Righto, Princess! I am a preschool director here, and the biggest thing I tell my parents is to limit ‘screen time’. What the heck happened to walking around the block after dinner with the kids?
    You rock, Princess!
    Much love,


    • Thanks for dropping by Victoria….

      I notice parents use screen time to control their kids, easier to plonk them in front of it than do something with them or take time out to discipline or deal with them.

      Fresh air and exercise, it’s really that simple.

  4. Took the words right out of my mouth, our lives are so much regulated it’s unbelievable….sometimes you need lives a little out of control to enjoy.

    This get’s a Twitter mention me dear!

    Have fun

    • Thanks to Frank Angle and a big thank you for dropping by… welcome to my space…

      When I read this post I see how much times have changed and how limited we have become in our lives. It will never be like that again.

    • Govts and lawyers change as do the laws and way of living. Nothing remains the same and everything is subject to change… but things are meant to change for the better not worse…

  5. Those were the good old days the golden days , nowadays everything has changed .. But if we look its those who were born in those time who are adults now .. The world has become a sick place SO its them who have made it so bad ..

    WE were born in the golden time but we have made a bad world for our kids .. so WHO is to blame .. US

    I was born in that range 🙂 so maybe i am a culprit tooo

    • I think the child abusers and abducters made it change for everyone mainly also the producers of the internet and game consoles. While widening our scopes world wide by internet they have also managed to lock us in our own homes.

      Too many are to blame.

  6. Hi Aneesa! 🙂

    I just spent all day burning two DVD’s only to find a new bug each time! 😦

    It takes about four hours to create one disk, but I’m down to the last bug (The End appears too early) so tomorrow I should have the full thing done.

    Crazy as it sounds I have to watch the entire thing so now I know Bill’s sermon almost by heart!!! 😦

    Have a great week my friend! 🙂

    Love and hugs!


      • Nope – it’s my penance for missing so much church! LoL!!! 🙂

        You are so right about kids not being allowed to go out for fear of something happening to them – this is nothing new: My childhood was a constant nightmare and I saw far too much that no child should have to experience.

        These days the kids are told adults are the enemy and the law says they are untouchable, so they prey on the vulnerable and run riot because nobody is allowed to stop them – and if you do the kids are just likely to kill you for the fun of it…

        Today things are peaceful around here, but I suffered over 25 years of hassles from teenage gangs and despite being the good guy I paid a heavy price, but now things are much better! 🙂

        One thing is certain: Only a fool would work with children in this country…

        Love and hugs!


        • One thing I’ve noticed about you Prenin is your amazing inteligence and I love the way you write… it’s always so open and honest…

          I remember how my secondary school teachers used to be so fed up.. many of them used to say.. who wants to teach a bunch of kids that don’t want to learn.. most of them wanted to be teaching in private schools or colleges… so you may have a point in your last sentence for sure…


  7. Saw it before , great !!!! I feel the same and also born long time ago 🙂
    But I didn’t have the text anymore , so I copied it …. its not so original but saved me a lot of time , great blog !

  8. What a wickedly added
    posting my great friend 🙂

    I hope that you are enjoying
    a very nice evening Princess 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  9. I love your post. I am reminiscing over my childhood. It is so true! Thank you for sharing. Thank you also for stopping by my blog and for the ‘like’. Blessings!

  10. It’s amazing any of us survived such dangerous times! I don’t think kids would even know how to play outside by themselves these days.

  11. How true. Laila I have fallen from a tree, had my knees always bruised. used to walk and play with tennis ball or just hopped over a geometrical drawing on the earth made with finger or with a sharp piece of broken pottery.
    Incidentally I am at the moment writing my childhood experiences on my blog, “SHAHJAHANPUR LIFE (LITTLE BAZAR)” and now I am set to post second instalment in a day or two.

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