Monday, June 13, 2005


The boys got home okay. So much energy. So much masculinity. I'm overwhelmed. No time to blog. My friend Anne sent me the following and I am passing it on.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s:

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick-up 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 and real butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
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 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, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video-tape movies, no surround sound, no cellphones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chatrooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS, and we went outside and found them! (We have 6 TV stations, Erector sets, Chemistry sets, model planes and model rockets.)
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 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!
This generation has 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!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


Debra said...

And sadly... we are the ones who have created a generation where none of these things happen. As parents, we don't allow our kids out of our sight.. we drive them to school 1.5 miles away instead of making them walk. We organize play dates instead of just kicking them out the door to play.

And everyone will say that it is not as safe today.

I'm not sure.

I think the percentage of "bad people" msut be consistent throughout time; pedophiles didn't spring up out of the 70s. As children we were taught to deal, and then life went on. Personal family lives may have been about the kids.. but the kids were part of a family, not the center of it. All parts adjusted to each other. (Mom plays Bunko on tuesday nights, so the kids cannot do activities that night.)

So we were great generations who have bought into a media-induced belief that LIFE IS NOT SAFE for our children. AND IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN. Mom wants to play Bunko on Tuesday nights... but her kids must go to their third dance class, and their second soccer team practices... and life must center around the kids...

who are we? and how did we create this monster situation??

Sonji Hunt said...

This is a very funny blog! I was just talking to my friend about how we didn't have car seats or wear seat belts or wear helmets on bikes. Of course our cars were like steel tanks, too and there just weren't as many people driving.

There is so much now days that seems to have made big sissies out of young people, but a lot also protects them. I'm a big health food person, but that's because my Mother was, even way back when. Technology has lent itself to sloth as well as invention. Industrialization equals pollution and toxins in our air and water, but makes so many things easier. Everything in moderation. People forget that. I'd like to live in the middle of nowhere with a computer and a wooden stove and windmills. That seems like enough technology.