Oh, how times have changed … You don’t need a history book to tell you how different it was growing up in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. I mean, look at how much things have changed in the last 20 years – the internet, cell phones, and electric cars are just a few of the major advances we’ve made in technology. Thanks to all these high-tech inventions, today’s children are growing up in a world that’s unrecognizable compared to the one their parents and grandparents grew up in.
Even though things were tougher back then, that doesn’t mean they weren’t better. Kids played outside instead of wasting time on iPads. When they got hurt, they brushed it off and kept powering forward. They were dreamers and doers, hungry to build a better future for the next generation.
If you grew up in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, or ’70s, then this message is for you. Against all odds, you survived, and you’re a stronger person because of it! Here’s a walk down memory lane to remind you why growing up back then was as tough as it got.
“When we were born, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. Somehow, we survived!”
“We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes … sometimes we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.”
“On Sunday, our moms forced us to wear uncomfortable clothes to go to church and we had absolutely NO SAY in the matter.”
“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 … Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and 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 … no cell phones! And, you know what?”
“We were okay.”
“We did not have Playstations, Nintendos, or Xboxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound, or CDs! Something as simple as going out for ice cream was an event.”
“No cell phones, no personal computers, no internet, and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS! We went outside and found them!”
“We fell out of trees, got cut, and 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 forever.”
“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 or got in trouble in school was UNHEARD of … They actually typically sided with the law!”
“These generations have produced some of the best INVENTORS …”
“… RISK-TAKERS …”
“… AND ARTISTS … ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.”
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