To Those Who Were Born in the 1920's, 30's, 40's & 50's
First, many of us were born at home, some with just a mid-wife in
We were given aspirin for most minor pain, cod liver oil if we weren’t
“regular,” and a cold compress on our foreheads for minor fever.
We ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for
After that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, kitchen cabinets and
doors had no locks, and when we rode our bikes we did not wear helmets.
As children, we rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day, or going to a drive-in
after WW2, was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared soft drinks with friends, drinking from one bottle, and NO ONE
actually died from it.
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
It was not unusual to leave home in the morning and play all day with
neighbor kids, and it was OK, as long as we were back in time for
When we were away, playing or in school, no one could reach us all day.
We, and our parents, survived the ordeal without pagers or cell phones.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps of wood and
metal and then ride down the hill, only to find out that we had
forgotten the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we
learned to solve the problem.
After WW2, when television became available, we had perhaps three
channels, not the two hundred plus now on Dish or cable. Horrors!
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, video games, video
tape movies, surround sound, cell phones, personal computers, Internet
or Internet chat rooms… but WE HAD FRIENDS, and we went outside and
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.
We were given BB guns for our eighth birthdays, and some of us in the
country even got .22 rifles for our tenth birthdays. Trust in our common
sense, and an admonition of “Don’t shoot the cows,” seemed to be all
that was necessary to keep us out of trouble.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told
it would happen, we didn’t 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 yelled for them!
Not everyone made the grammar school baseball team… and those who didn’t
had to learn to deal with the 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!
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW
TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in 1935, was probably the
greatest political sage this country has ever known. His thoughts about
Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and
start bragging about it.
The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to
I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't
dissatisfied and would like to go back to your
high school days,
You know you are getting old when
everything either dries up or leaks.
I don't know how I got over the hill
without getting to the top.
One of the many things no one tells you
about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
Being young is beautiful, but being old