Jesus Creed

A friend sent this to me … and I think it might come from Jay Leno. Anyway …


1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!! 

First, we survived being born to mothers wh
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-base 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 & 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. 


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 O.K.

We would spend hours building

our go-carts out of scraps 

and then ride them 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, Nintendo’s and X-boxes.

 There were no video games, 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 and no chat rooms. 
and we went outside and found them!

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 


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! 

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. 

If YOU are one of them? 



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.

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