To Those of Us Born Between 1930 – 1970

Here’s to US!!!!

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,



To Those of Us Born

1930 – 1979

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.

Very well stated, Mr… Leno.


1930’s, 40’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.
=2 0

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

not helmets on our

As infants &
children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat
belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

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 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, 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

no cell phones,

no personal

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

We would
get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare
hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud

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 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

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

While you are at it,
forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents

Kind of makes you want to run through
the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?


The quote of the
month is by

Jay Leno:

‘With hurricanes,
tornados, 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?’

For those that prefer
to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and delete this….

For the rest of
us….pass this on.

Thanks to Jane Kiper for another winner!!!

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