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I found this last night and thought that I would pass it on -
 
How did we survive!!!


If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's

Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we
have...

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a
special treat.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We
had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets.

When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking
to town as a young kid!)

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode
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 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. Our parents knew that all the neighbors would watch out for
all the kids. No cell phones. Unthinkable.

We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.

We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no lawsuits
from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but
us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
learned to get over it.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda, but we were
never overweight... we were always outside playing. We shared one
grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from
this.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at
all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
cell phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had
friends. We went outside and found them.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or
rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a
thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold
cruel world! Without a guardian.

How did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many
eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment.... The teams
actually kept score and the winning team was allowed to be excited and
the losing team learned to be good sports about it and learned that,
in life - sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and
were held back to repeat the same grade..... Horrors. Tests were not
adjusted for any reason.

Almost no one went to "pre-school" and when we graduated high school
we all knew how to read, use proper grammar and do basic math. We all
learned how to count out change without a calculator to tell us the
amount.

The worst problems in school were tardiness and chewing gum in class.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide
behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was
unheard of. They actually sided with the law ... imagine that!

If you misbehaved - your parents spanked you and no one arrested them
for doing that! We also learned that when a parent said "No" - they
actually meant that and our lives would not be ruined forever by being
denied every little thing we wanted at any given moment.

New toys were received on birthdays and holidays..... not on every
trip to the store. Parents gave us gifts out of love.... not out of
guilt.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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're one of them.

Congratulations!
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Ah yes............it reminds me of a movie I once rented on VHS............it was in Black and White.  It was a real good old one, like the Lassie TV show or Old Yeller or Those Calloways..........which was just like my life was..........except we didn't really trap for a living..........Shocked
 
.....imagine that??   
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Good one geezer - easy to identify with that!
 
Always had a pocket knife too and no one called 911.


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Hell, when I was in grade school we played deer hunter.  We would bring spent shotgun shells to school, two people were the hunters the other kids were the deer.  You threw the shells at the at the other kids, kind of like tag.
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I carried a pocket knife to school everyday from 1st through 12th grade.  we were kind of expected to; might need it to open something for the teacher.
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I used to take my 22 to school and leave it in the coat closet so I could go squirrel hunting on the way home from school.  
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I remember taking a jacknife to school starting in , like, fourth grade.  I never brought a rifle or something because we rode the school bus ( 18 miles ), but the Teachers [!] brought rifles!!  We used to walk through the parking lot at lunch and look into the car windows ( doors probably unlocked..) and there were deer rifles and varmint rifles riding shotgun in the front seat for those teachers who were looking for game on their way home.  We used to talk guns and ballistics with certain teachers during study halls. 
 
In the sixties the WORST THING that happened in our High School (that you could get in trouble for) was running in the hall!!  Eek
 
Everyone was a reader ( it seemed ).  We used to read on the school bus (if we weren't fooling around ) and we did HOMEWORK on the bus---so that we could have more Free Time at home.  We read all kinds of stuff that is considered politically incorrect today.  We read stuff by Robert Ruark, Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jim Kjelgaard, Erich Maria Remarque, Ernest Thompson Seton ---you name it; we read it!!   Try to find a kid today who even knows who these people are!!  Shocked


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When I was a kid we used to play cowboys and crooks with air rifles. On rainy days we would get bored and then start shooting the clothes pegs off the clothesline from our bedroom window. It would not be long and we would start shooting at one another across the length of the bedroom and see who would chicken out first!
 
The worst was school. Our school was in a funny place. Come winter or summer, we had to walk barefoot in the snow. The worst was it was uphill to school and uphill back home again!
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That is typical when one has to walk to school.  I had the same situation, it was always uphill. 
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So what the H?LL happened.
 
Where did zero tolerance and Political correctness come from
certainly not our generation!  Our children's?  What did we do in raising them?
Or is it all the effects of the rise of the bleeding hearts?
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Special Interest Whiners........I mean, Groups...!!  Embarrased
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Originally posted by Ed Connelly Ed Connelly wrote:

Special Interest Whiners........I mean, Groups...!!  Embarrased
 
Don't blush Ed....
 
We whine, bitch and cry about everything!!! Bucky
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+100 with Ed!  They're on tv,the internet,schools,etc,influencing the kids(young and old!). al gore(doesn't deserve capital letters)recently gave a speech to a group of elementry school kids telling them that the kids knew more than their parents.
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.................yeah, well, ..............Al Gore's a bloody moron!!!   Bucky
 
My Dad was my role model.......and all the other men that used to populate my life......Old Men who sat on porches telling me about the old days.....Grandfather-figures......neighbors who drove tractors and worked hard and put up hay and milked cows........
 
Men who taught us how to do things and use tools and fix stuff.....and men who helped one another and loaned each other money and didn't expect to be paid back 'cause that wasn't important.....
 
What a stupid world we live in now................
 
Well, I raised MY girls like I was raised!!!   Smile
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  GOOD on ya Ed!! I grew up in the city and basically had the same type of influences you had.  Got outta there shortly after my two were born(boy and girl) though as things were going to H**L. Brought them to WV where they could"sow their wild oats"without getting into too much trouble, where I felt I'd have more control of my influence on them,and where the schools were of the "reading,riting,and rithmatic"style. Worked out well as they're both out there makin on their own. And legally I might add.
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I since a trend here.  I too moved to a country setting to raise my 2 younguns.
Old fashion schools strick, aggressive, authoritarian!  Both my kids turned into someone I am very proud of!!!  Both are standing on their own two feet!  No silver platter for them!
 
It has paid off nicely!
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 And if it ain't broke don't F*** with it!
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Schools are pretty sad these days.  My girlfriend is doing her student teaching at a city school in Salt Lake county and she was telling me just yesterday that there are tons of senior kids who cannot even read and write properly.  Yet they just keep passing them so they can get their funding from the government. 

We are in terrible times and its only going to get worse for us. 
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Something that has bothered me for a long time is the emphasis placed on University education and white collar jobs in our school system up here.  It has gotten to the point where many kids feel they are a failure if they are not cut out for the academic route to employment.
 
We need a better system to help promote technical training and jobs.  These kids have to feel that there are many worthwhile occupations outside of the university stream.  SOMEONE has to get their hands dirty, build stuff, repair our cars etc., and grow our food.
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I remember as a kid 6years old I could take a 22lr and go and shoot all day long and no one thought it was strange. Now if a 6yearold had a rifle they would lock up the Intire County. The only thing I ever did wrong with a rifle was I shot my great granddads chicken. He told me not to but I did. He gave me a good lashing and then we ate fried chicken for dinner. Man those were the good old fun days. I knew right from wrong. I was out the door and in the fields when the sun popped up and would get in trouble for not coming to eat lunch and stay out to dark. Some of the best times of my life were jumping out of the hay loft onto unsuspecting cows. They would flip out and run thru the barn with me on there back trying to knock me off on everything they ran by. Oh man good memories.

 

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Those sound like good times Daddy.

 When I was 8 to 14 my buddies and I use to take the fourwheelers and a couple guns and go camping in the hills for several days straight.  Parents never worried about us and we just went and had good times.  Kids sure do miss out these days on those good times.   
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Yes they do. I don't think they would make it with out a cell phone stuck to there head for less than 20 minutes much less no running water or light when it gets dark. They really don't know what they are missing they are a bunch of candy a*^'s now days. my 2 son's will be raised hunting /fishing and be able to survive if SHTF. Its a sad sad day we live in.

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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I remember as a kid 6years old I could take a 22lr and go and shoot all day long and no one thought it was strange. Now if a 6yearold had a rifle they would lock up the Intire County. The only thing I ever did wrong with a rifle was I shot my great granddads chicken. He told me not to but I did. He gave me a good lashing and then we ate fried chicken for dinner. Man those were the good old fun days. I knew right from wrong. I was out the door and in the fields when the sun popped up and would get in trouble for not coming to eat lunch and stay out to dark. Some of the best times of my life were jumping out of the hay loft onto unsuspecting cows. They would flip out and run thru the barn with me on there back trying to knock me off on everything they ran by. Oh man good memories.

 

   Does sound like fun BD...
 
But I think you took more knocks to the naugin than your admitting. Wink
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Originally posted by budperm budperm wrote:

Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I remember as a kid 6years old I could take a 22lr and go and shoot all day long and no one thought it was strange. Now if a 6yearold had a rifle they would lock up the Intire County. The only thing I ever did wrong with a rifle was I shot my great granddads chicken. He told me not to but I did. He gave me a good lashing and then we ate fried chicken for dinner. Man those were the good old fun days. I knew right from wrong. I was out the door and in the fields when the sun popped up and would get in trouble for not coming to eat lunch and stay out to dark. Some of the best times of my life were jumping out of the hay loft onto unsuspecting cows. They would flip out and run thru the barn with me on there back trying to knock me off on everything they ran by. Oh man good memories.

 

   Does sound like fun BD...
 
But I think you took more knocks to the naugin than your admitting. Wink
 
might be I cant remember. I do know the most painful thing I ever did. I tryed to jump my bicycle of the house. It didn't work real well.
 
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Is vocational training even a part of the school curriculum anymore?  Many in the "Xbox" generation don't seem to want to work period.  We as parents always want our kids to have a better life than we had when we were their age.  The only problem is we have to remember to not make it too easy.  We need to teach them the fundamental basics so that they can make it when its time to leave the nest.  We need to instill a good work ethic in them and teach them independence so that they will not always look to others.  They need to learn that there really are winners and losers in life and that working hard for something makes it that much more satisfying when it is obtained.  Never be content with just getting by and always remember that in the end, you will judged on how you lived your life and not by what you obtained. 
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