Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Way We Were

Congratulations to all my friends who were born in the 1930's, 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and the early 1980s -


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and we didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Even though all the stores closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

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 soft drinks with sugar, but we weren't overweight because......


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 old scraps and strollers, then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with Matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video game, no 999 channels on cable, no videos or DVDs, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........

WE HAD FRIENDS 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.

Only girls had pierced ears!

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.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!


Mom didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

Baseball and Football had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT.

Our teachers used to hit us with rulers and bully's always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!  And our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'.

These generations 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 if YOU are one of them - CONGRATULATIONS!

This was the way we were before lawyers and government began regulating our lives, which ended the most extraordinary coming of age era ever in American history.

Source: email

Reposted from Pragmatic Witness


Anonymous said...

And we didn't have the religion of Holocaustianity stuffed down our throats at every turn. The "Thought Police" existed only in 1984, a novel, not a legislated state of being.

Canada was a Dominion, not a puppet state of 'israel' let by sodomites.

The RCMP were respected because they carried themselves with honour.

Canadians didn't have 'Hate Speech Laws' to control their civility. We could tell what was appropriate or not, by thinking for ourselves.

The death penalty acted as a deterrent, and was carried out judiciously.

Airguns were given as Christmas and birthday gifts, and nobody lost an eye because of it.

Kids walked or took their bikes to school, and did not have to be chauffeured everywhere.

Little boys weren't conditioned to be feminine and little girls weren't sexualized at age eight.

'Please' and 'Thank You' were words expected and enforced. As were bedtimes on school nights, after homework was done.

Allowances had chores attached to them. Snow-shoveling being number one, up their with cutting the lawn, and raking leaves.

Cars had character, were different from each other and had very little plastic. Any mechanic could fix them, if he was worth his salt. Usually he was.

Cops had six-shooters and rarely used them. Their presence commanded respect, as they walked the beat.

When you made a phone call it was either answered, busy or just rang. No stupid outgoing messages to deal with.

Mail took a few days across the country, and it was delivered to your door, as were parcels. Nobody went to Shoppers Drug mart to do the Post Office's work for them: delivery. 'Junk' mail was someone else's mail in your box by mistake.

You could cross the border unannounced if the office was closed, and come back too. Nobody would threaten to put you in federal jail for 15 years for doing it. And when there was someone on duty you just declared your citizenship, and that was good enough.

Political Correctness meant having your name spelled correctly on your voting card.

An FAC was a paper document with no photo, and you could buy as many guns and as much ammo as you liked. Cheap.

Getting on a plane was a pleasure. It was fun to fly. Air Canada stewardesses were pretty and polite.

There were fewer telephones but folks usually had something of value to say.

Stupid fashion in winter meant you were cold. Very cold.

A trip to the cabin at the lake was like going to a magic world of adventure, and from which you really never wanted to leave.

Imagination was a key ingredient to life, and was fed by reading. Anything. Comics, Boy's Own, Hardy Boy's......and that cultivated the ability to write too.

Failing at a musical instrument meant you tried again and again until you got it right. You didn't need to 'upload' it to seek external validation. You validated yourself. Or your friends did.

Punctuality was expected, and its absence had consequences. As did attitude, personal grooming and good manners and speech.

You know the value of a dollar. Today kids know the price of everything and the value of very, very little.

I could go on and on at the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon.

Nice to have you back NTS

Canuck in exile.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you all grew up in such incredible times. And then you became adults, sat back and ALLOWED the enemy to take more and more of the country away.

Now we're here. Well done.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 3.58PM, While I, like you, lament the current state of the nations, Canada and the USA, I don't think anyone "allowed" this to happen. Our nations are under attack, at war from within. We have traitors inside the gates. They look like us, talk like us, dress like us and even pretend to be 'of us'. They are not of us. They are other, sinister, dishonest and deceiving, and often we cannot see them for what they truly are until they 'Obama-ize' us, and reverse their policies when elected. Just like the sodomites in Ottawa. These sayanim have masters, just like before. See:

Their goal is the elimination of the middle class. Now that YOU know, what will YOU do to stop them?

steve button said...

I enjoyed true...

steve button said...

We didn't allow anything....we were lied to and systematically fed complete BS...yes we made mistakes. But we are victims...though it doesn't mean we can cry about it- we need to keep speaking the truth and know who are enemies are...justice will prevail...

"though I walk through the valley of death;
I will fear no evil..."

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