Thursday, February 19, 2009
How Time Has Changed
I was reading on another forum about how time has changed since I was a kid growing up. I grew up in the 70's (thats right 70's) lol and how different it was growing up during that time compared to the way kids are brought up today. I wouldn't want to be a kid growing up today. Life was so much simpler back when I was growing up and even when my mom was coming up as well.
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. (not that my mom did this but know of some women that have)
We took aspirin, ate fried chicken all the time, and feasted on sugar like it was going out of style plus ate tuna from a can. Oh no!
We never heard of someone dying from breast cancer, or any of these weird cancers, 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. It is amazing we all survived.
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. We never wore seat belts. No if you are caught without a seatbelt it is an automatic ticket and you are crucified by others if you child is not in one
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.
I remember riding in the back of my moms old GMC Gremlin (baby blue) with the glass hatchback up on hot summer days.
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 or got any diseases. SHOCKING!
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Koolaid made with sugar,but we weren’t overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! All the time. Nowadays kids sit in all day playing video games and surfing the net that is why they are so overweight. NO excercise
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 OK.
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. The scar on my knee today proves this was a dumb idea at the time but so fun.
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! When we wanted to chat we just call them out or meet outside.
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
we played in mud, sandboxes and playground all day long without worrying about perverts stalking these areas for their next victim.
We had BB guns, toy guns, played cowboys and indians and was never told this was violet for kids to have or to play.
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! hmmm Unheard of today.
Kids got their butts whipped and was never shunned by other parents that it was wrong. And kids did not call the police because the parents whipped their butts to tell them they were abusing them. Gosh parents today can't even raise their kids the way they want.
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!
Today government has so much control over what we can say and do with how our kids
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?! If you lived during these times, kind of make you wish things were like this again huh. Life was so much simpler. But we have evolved in technology and many other things have changed.