Sunday, September 16, 2007

Ahhhh, the good ole days

Someone sent me these via email awhile back. I really enjoyed them. I have tweaked them a bit to fit my childhood ...enjoy!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 30's, 40's,50's, 60's and 70's


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-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and

when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

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 (sitting on the edge of the tailgate) on a warm day was the norm and standing up waving to your friends along the way while the pick up was moving, wasn't against the law.

We drank boiled sink water or rainwater we caught off our roof not purified water 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, taro in coconut milk, and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day.

No one was able to reach us all day.And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building forts in the jungles with machete's, in the ocean hunting for octopus and collecting bullets and other remnants of world war II that littered our beaches.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, 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 made mud pies made from dirt, and ate the occasional worm or gecko tail to gross our friends out..they did not live in us forever.

We ate atis, eba, mango's, tangerines and guava's straight from the tree (and sometimes straight off the ground) without washing them first.

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 poke out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door 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!

and....

YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL IN THE 70'S IF...

You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other.

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!) *note: I actually thought Chachi from Happy Days was much cuter!

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.

You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamil" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. People sometimes thought you were a boy.

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls-Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the highneck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson!

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink.

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.

Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie"will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day. Damn you!

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: "Who will I marry? Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or Rick Springfield?" (* with me it was any member of MENUDO)

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club.

You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics. (*It wasn't???)

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.

You spent all your allowance on smurfs and stickers for your sticker album!

5 comments:

Lewie Tenorio said...

I remember 70's chicks wearing Thom Mcan Excersole(I think that's what their called) shoes which was popular with the boys, you know the ones with the "wavey" outersole?

lil_hammerhead said...

Hey... you just described my life. Weird.

I wholly agree with that letter. Children are too coddled nowadays. I cringe everytime I see my neighbors kids out in "full gear". You know, the knee pads, elbow pads and helmet JUST TO RIDE A BIKE! It's insane. Your ability to deal with many of life's situations will stem from your ability to negotiate the cuts and scrapes of your youth.

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