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To All The Kids of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s….

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To All The Kids of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s….

Editor’s Note:  Thanks to the friend who sent this along.  Author unknown – and pure genius!  Enjoy!

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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.

Then, after that trauma, we were   put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored
Lead-based 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 and 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 that we forgot about brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned  To Solve the problem.

We did not Have Play Stations, Nintendo and X-boxes.

There were No video games, No 150 channels on cable, No video movies Or DVDs, No surround-sound or CDs, 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 Lost teeth.
And there were No lawsuits From those accidents.

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 pies Made from dirt, And The worms did Not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, 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 60 to 85 years Have seen 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 those born
Between 1925-1955, CONGRATULATIONS!

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 ?

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of AfterFiftyLiving.com. This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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