Now and then I get an anonymous bit of humor that is truly worth a laugh for many more people. Here is one sent to Anita and then forwarded to me. Enjoy!

WHO SURVIVED 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 were pregnant.

They took
aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for

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

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 Playstations,
Nintendo's and X-boxes. 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 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

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!!  

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 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

If you are one

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
it ?


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  1. Dave Dryer November 9, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Someone was spying on me when I was growing up! Sounds pretty normal to me.

  2. Sean Nemecek November 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Every time I read this, I feel belittled by an older generation.

  3. John H. Armstrong November 10, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Lighten up! This is humor, pure and simple. No one is belittling your generation at all. The joke is on my generation for its ridiculous over-protection of our children. We listened to way too many experts and made things worse in the process. Maybe you have to be in my generation to see the humor but believe me this is funny, not a mocking piece.

  4. Anthony November 11, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Awhile back there was a skit on SNL where some adult siblings were sitting on a couch watching old home movies with their parents. In the opening scene the camera is focused on the mom’s pregnant belly and then it pans out to reveal that the mom is holding a martini in one hand and a cigarette in the other. “Mommm!!” says one adult child upon realizing he was the one in the belly. Later, the movie shows another sibling running around with a plastic bag on his head, and in response everyone is laughing. There are then a few other scenes that would offend modern child rearing sensibilities, and then the home movie closes with Mom leaving the hospital after giving birth. When she gets into the huge car, she puts the snugly wrapped baby on the dash board as the car drives off to go home. This skit absolutely was SNL at its best.

  5. glenn November 11, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    This is hilarious. My favorite is the real butter, Koolaid with white sugar one. Letting kids play outside and not buying them video games is maybe one of the best things you can do!

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