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Remembering "The Good Old Days"

Written by babyboomers  |  20. March 2009

Humor is often the best medicine - especially in the turbulent times we're living in today. So, when my dear friend Roberta e-mailed me the following internet article, I decided to share it with our www.LongIsland.com readers. Do you remember some of these same childhood experiences from "the good old days?" I hope you smile as you journey back in time... TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!! First, we survived being born to mothers who 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 tummie in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up 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 and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scrap s and then ride 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, X-boxes, no video games at all, 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 or 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. 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 poke 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! AND 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 CONGRATULATIONS! ------------------------------------ P.S. I wish I knew the writer's name to thank him or her...but we just have to name him "anonymous." -------------- Sharon Sultan Cutler is a leading-edge baby boomer looking forward to retiring when she reaches 99 years young! As an entrepreneur, she invented the original Long Island 50-Plus Expos to introduce hundreds of businesses to local consumers who needed professional services and products. Sultan-Cutler also helps caregivers -adult children with parents living throughout the USA -with a specialized research service to locate and investigate various resources, products, services and professional assistance. The Positive Aging Network is described in the website www.MatureResources.org or by contacting Sharon at sharoncutler@gmail.com

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