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January 29, 2009

♥♥ I WAS A LUCKY ONE !!! Were You ♥♥

THOSE BORN 1920-1979

READ TO THE BOTTOM FOR QUOTE OF THE MONTH BY JAY LENO. IF YOU DON'T READ ANYTHING ELSE---VERY WELL STATED

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 tummies 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 streetlights 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 scraps 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 try outs 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 CONGRATULATIONS!

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, show it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!



The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:

'With hurricanes, tornado's, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'


Hey!! guys hope all of you have a safe a blessed week end...as for me Its Len's Birthday so I need to take out the Swifter duster dust off some of these cobwebs from sitting here at this dang computer and show him I can still made a pretty darn good carrot cake...Take me a long bath, do my hair,put a bow on my head, put on my make up, put perfume in all the right places, wrap myself up with just saran wrap on...so Len can say "What left over again "

I will see all of you on Sunday as its Super Bowl day...And the only moving parts Len has on that day is his mouth and bowels... So I am free to Roam alone...YAHOO!!!

Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

68 comments:

Hello Mary Lou said...

I was born in 1957. Have fun this weekend!

Sweetie said...

Those were the days! With all of the childproof lids, car seats, sugar, and everything else how did we ever survive??
Hugs,
Sweetie

mbkatc230 said...

Hey girl. This cracked me up, but it's so true. I remember laying in the backseat of our station wagon, backwards no less, with no seat belt, so I could look up at the stars through the cool glass (yes, it was a vista cruiser lol) I remember breaking my nose playing football in the empty lot down the street (no flags for us!) and having all the kids gather round saying, uh oh, that doesn't look good, and someone else reaching up and putting it back where it belonged - and yes I still have the bump and no I will never get it fixed by a plastic surgeon! Funny, I don't ever remember being scared, or worrying about cancer, or being snatched off the streets, and lo and behold 49 years later I'm still here and relatively healthy and I think I still have all my wits haha. Yes the world has changed, and there are things out there that we never had to worry about, but sheesh, can we let them be kids? Great post, thanks dear! Kathy (ps my daughter is 20 and just got her first video game this year!)

Melissa Miller said...

Girl I am laughing my head off right now!
Saran wrap and perfume?
HAHAHA! :)

Happy B-day Len!

salmagundi said...

Good post, Gloria!! Yes, I am of that generation, and my kids were born before 1972, also. We were so fortunate to grow up during the "Happy Days"!! Lots of fun memories. Sally

squawmama said...

Hey Gloria... Isn't this the truth... I am one of those lucky children and I had a wonderful childhood... No worries and we had fun! Loved the post...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Justine said...

I've gotten this in an email before and enjoyed reading it just as much this time. And it's so damn true! As for bike helmets, I'm a bad mommy and don't really enforce that rule.

I love your saran wrap and leftovers again comment. Cracked me up! Happy birthday Len!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope your bowels don't get in the way of you watching the game too much!

Justine :o )

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. You were right. I did find the idea for my island on Picket's Place. After you reminded me, I showed my hubby where the idea came from. I can't believe how similar they turned out. He never even saw the original. Too funny!

Linda said...

I have read this before and just love it. When you look at what all the young mothers do today, it makes you wonder how we did survive! This brings back some wonderful memories!!

marty39 said...

I am so glad I grew up during Happy Days, and I was so fortunate to live in a very small town and bring my children up the same way. I wish my grandchildren would have had the pleasure of the same kind of upbringing, but I don't know where that would be today. What a great post and tell Len Happy Birthday. Hugs, Marty

Glenda said...

Since you are speaking of my generation, I totally identify with this post. In my opinion you did it justice.

Can hardly believe that I lived through, what in retrospect, seems to have been a dangerous period in time. While glad that I did, I am so sad that the current generation will miss all the experiences we had growing up.

Carol said...

I love your post today! I was born in 1952. I'm grateful to be a part of 'the good old days' group!

Hugs,
Carol

Ma'dame French said...

I haven't seen all those years but I survived most of them;) and look I am still talking about it too!! French;)xoxo

prof en retraite said...

Hi Gloria...So true!! And to think we all lived to tell about it! Happy Birthday to Len adn you all have fun tonight !!! Hugs...Debbie

Tootsie said...

appearantly I was lucky too!
(1971)....I remember jumping over the back seat of the station wagon into the box part to avoid the huge smack for torturing my little sister! lol
I remember spankings too....maybe they should bring some of those back ...just judging by the "time out" generation in this neighborhood with thier attitudes and poor manners...
thanks for the post!

imjacobsmom said...

What a great post! And it's true! Me and my SIL were reminiscing the other day about dancing at the local bar. We were in our 20's (early 1980's) and our pursed hung on the back of the chair, our drinks sat on the table and we didn't have to worry about anyone taking them or putting anything in our drinks - go figure! ~ Robyn

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

My seatbelt was my Mom's arm going across us to hold us in as she slammed on the brakes!!!!

Happy Birthday to your DH!!

blessings
mary

Diane said...

OMG - you got me on the last paragraph! tee hee hee....

Happy Birthday Len!

Great post Gloria! See ya on Sunday, unless I go shopping! ☺ Diane

Chari said...

"Oh Happy Day...Oh Happy Day..." can you hear me singin' it Girlfriend? hehe! If this post doesn't tell the truth of it!!! My goodness, if we really had to worry about all of those things...just the worrying would have killed us!!!

Girl, you had me rollin' on the floor laughin about your "what leftover, again" comment...You are definitely one-of-a-kind...the good Lord broke the mold after He made you Sweetie!!! Tell Len I said Happy Birthday!

Love ya honey,
Chari
PS...Russell doesn't watch football...hmm, he might watch the superbowl though!

Sue said...

I'm sorry G, I didn't do a shout out about posting because I'm probably not gonna do another for awhile. But I'm glad you found me so you can come say hi on my Obama post! Gloria this post of yours is something I've read before and just LOVE it!! I was born in '55, and had a great childhood, I sure wish we had simpler times again! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Len, you are gonna look so darn cute all wrapped up for him, now I know he's not gonna say leftovers, he's gonna dive right in!! LOL!!! Butch is great but now its some Brian problems, hope to get thru this year unscathed!! Have a great day sweetie, keep those funny emails coming, love them!! Love ya sweet G! xoxoxox

Jessica said...

Left overs again?....lol. Oh, I don't think I've ever laughed so much~ I needed that today. :)

Big hugs~ J

Anonymous said...

1962 and yes, I remember those days, the only thing that was left out was all the dogs (mutts)that ran free everywhere, no collars but everyone knew who they were ... vickydarnell

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Good Morning, Gloria, Great post! My mother use to let me walk to the grocery store for, armed with a list and money, crossing a pretty busy highway when I was David's age...10. And I always made it back home safe and sound. What a shame we can't do that anymore with our own kids!

The Leno comment was really good!

And I hope Len enjoys his birthday and "gifts!" LOL! Leftovers are good! LOLOL! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Gloria!
What an awesome post! I'm a survivor, born in 1949. I did all those things you listed!! And I'm still alive to blog. It was a great way to grow up wasn't it?? I think so!

Have a great weekend!!

Hugs, Sherry

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Sweet Gloria.. This was just too funny, and so true.. looks like I survived..I remember a few welts..glad that's behind me.. You had me laughing out loud with the saran wrap darling.. enjoy your soak.. Tell Len Happy Birthday..sure hope he enjoys the carrot cake.. save a piece for me.. miss ya darling..hugs ~lynne~

ann said...

Well said my friend,well said.Did you get my e-mail?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEN!...ANN

ceekay said...

Yep, I was lucky too! My hubby (same name by the way!) will be joining your hubby...although, his legs will also work - to go back and forth to the refrigerator. I guess I will watch some of it too because my grandson so wants the Cardinals to win...and grandma to get him the t-shirt!

bj said...

Oh, I love this..I got it in an email just last month. All of it is so so true...
Have a great day...
xo bj

Helen said...

LOVED your last sentence and happy birthday to Mr. Len .... 1941!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful post, Gloria...not only was I born in those years all three of my children were born in those years!! We're all pretty fine and dandy, even to this day!

Tootsie said...

hey! thanks for the VALENTINE!!!!!! I got it today! I didn't send anyone any this year...but have been thinking of you lots!
hope you have a fantastic Weekend....still got that baby in my prayers...hope she is doing well!

Lynette said...

Good One Gloria - I do remember a lot of those things and how much fun we had.

Tell Len Happy Birthday!!

Have a good one y'all!!

AnadelasTejasrojas said...

http://anadelastejasrojas.blogspot.com/2009/01/manifiesto-por-la-solidaridad.html

SOLO LEELO

only read it ¡

Sue said...

you are such a dear Gloria! I just wanted to leave a place for my friends to say HI, I'll be back one day, I promise!! Love ya sweetie!!

Lori said...

Wanted to stop by and say hello!
Loved the post! It made me laugh!
Have a great weekend and have a great night!! It sounds like you will!

Smilingsal said...

Wooo, girl, you're doing the Saran Wrap thing? YOU have a good night!

Glenda said...

Gloria, around here I don't have leftovers, I have planovers. I almost always make sure to have enough to have an encore. Tell the birthday boy we wish him a joyful day.

xinex said...

Yep, Gloria! I wonder how we all survived too. You are so funny!...Christine

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Love this!! Yes, we are the lucky ones. My daughter was born in 72' so she's lucky, too!! We are survivors!!LOL Those were the good ole' days!! Don't it make you want to turn back the hands of time! Life was so simple.
Hugs, Terrie

Mary said...

Oh Gloria, this was so funny! I had to call hubby in to read, we laughed alot. Amazing how we made it through without all the precautions we have to take now.
Enjoy that carrot cake, yum! Happy birthday to Len and I am sure he will love you in saran wrap! Enjoy!!

SudsnJewels said...

HEY Gloria :) Where are those ME ME 6 Random Facts about ME notes :)???? This was fun...

Chrissy said...

Hey 1960 fits in there, love that post and its all so true!!! Have a great weekend!!!

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

Hi Gloria,
What a great post.....I have read that before and love it everytime I do read it....how did we survive???? I do hope you have a wonderful weekend with hubby and wish him a "Happy Birthday form me from blogland.
We are going this comming Thursday the 5th to Gardnerville and on Saturday the 7th to Sutter Creak....you just never know our paths just might cross.....
Have a wonderful weekend and happy cooking....
Hugs,
Mo :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Gloria, this just nailed it! Oh, I loved this so much. Thanks for sharing it with us.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Deb said...

Hi Gloria! Loved, Loved, Loved, this! It is all too true and what fun we had enjoying the simple life. Maybe they were such good times because God had not yet been taken out of everything. Those times produced a lot of Good memories. God Is Good! Deb

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

You ain't right girl ! Laughing my butte off !

kymber said...

Hi Gloria,
AHH! Those were the days weren't they? Children could be children without fear. Everyone has way too much fear these days! Most days I just turn off the news - it can turn a stable person into an bowl of jelly if you listen to too much of their fear mongering!

Jay Leno is so right - we need God now more than ever!

Happy birthday to your sweet hubby. I am sure he will enjoy his beautiful perfumed and saran wrapped wife. Men - you know they LOVE those leftovers - no matter how much they may protest! :-)

Have a great Super Bowl party of your own on Sunday!
Blessings,
Kymber

Jessica said...

Good Morning Beautiful ( sneaking in bathroom to BLOG ) Gloria~

I literally laughed out loud early this morning. You crack me up! I hope Len didn't catch you. :)

Hugs~ J

Kathleen Ellis said...

Amazing how things have changed, isn't it?!
Thanks for stopping by...Happy Saturday!
;-D

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Gloria, Great post! Thanks for wishing me a good trip, I'm sure you will hold down the fort just fine! Have a great week! Kristen

Sondra Behne' said...

Born in 1949...oh so right you are. I always remember myparents saying...When I was a kid, back in my days.....and now I am saying the same thing. I almost wonder if we should all indeed step back in time.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hey a cutie, hope this finds you have a super w/k so far. Is the carrot cake made? Have you saved me a piece? Girl I have had breakfast yet, so that with a cup of coffee and a visit sounds mighty good right about now..lol. How is baby Kyra doing? Continued prayers for that darling little girl. You are always sooooo kind with your comments.. Not sure I deserve a crown.. lol..ahhhh shoot..doesn't stop me from looking now does it..lol.. have a super w/k .. my friend..
hugs ~lynne~

onlymehere said...

I was just over at Jessica's and laughed myself silly about your comment about showering with your lap top!! You have a fantastic day my friend! Cindy

P.S. I surivived too!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

HAHAAHAHAHAHA! Omg! I was laughing so hard! You go girl and wrap yourself up - put a big bow on you so Len can unwrap his gift! haaaa! ;) I loved the post...that is so true how much more fun I had as a kid with less worries, less "entertainment" and less parental supervision! haa! We would be gone all day roaming into the neighbors homes and just had to be home when the streetlights came on. Now for my kids to play, I have to play phone tag with other mothers,wait while they scroll thru their blackberries finding an appointment time for when our kids can "play" and then it's usually some scheduled activity that has to be paid for! And it's not just the parents who are busy - it's the kids whose schedules are planned a month in advance. Literally! My daughter wanted to play with a friend but the girl was booked solid for a month! Really makes you stop & think.. what are we doing?! Well hope Len has a nice birthday and enjoys his..um...cake? ;) See you around Blogland tomorrow! ~ Laurie p.s. Oh! thanks for saying the sweet things about my little girl!

Josh said...

Hey Grandma, I wish I was born in those days. Now days everybody is paranoid to do anything. All these people have to much time on their hand to think of all the crap that we shouldn't do. Don't drink too much bottle water, don't drink out of the sink. I say to hell with all that nonsense. Live life and don't get tied up with the petty things.
Love ya,
Josh
P.S.
Kyra is doing well, they are going to do an Echocardiogram on monday to measure the size of hole in her heart.

vintagewindow said...

Gloria, you're cracking me up. I'm thankful Phil likes leftovers. :) hehe

I'm a child of the 60's and all of this is so true. The good ol' days. I think in the summertime I only seen the inside of my house when it was time for a bath and to sleep. I was a tomboy and spent a lot of that time outside splashing in the creek and climbing trees. (hmmmmmmmm..wonder if I could still climb a tree?)

Have a happy day,

Kris

Jill said...

Too funny! I love Jay Leno the man is crazy!

Bo said...

Hi Gloria...your blog looks so pretty...I love your header photo all fixed up for Valentine's...
Well, tell Len Happy Birthday from one of your bloffer gals...and that I hope he enjoys the "leftovers"...you are too funny! Hugs, ;-) Bo

Linda said...

I love that post!! I missed the 30's but was born in the 40's and remember most all of that...wow!
Oh, by the way, I can "amen" your comment to me - my daughter often walks in and says "why is that there?" Kids - what are you going to do? Let them decorate! Linda

ksarra said...

Hi Happy, those reflections from Jay Leno sure brought back memories. Life really WAS simpler then, wasn't it? Hope you are doing well, and that you are enjoying the SUPER BOWL! Also, hope your little grandbaby is doing well. "Talk" soon!

Liz said...

Hi Gloria! I have read this before but it always makes me chuckle! : )
H-Bday to your hubs!

~Liz

PS thanks for your kind comments on my giveaway. Your name is in the hat!

santamaker said...

Gorgeous valentine decor, my dear! You are a relugar whiz now with your blog. This is so true what Jay Leno said. Amazing what we survived and now we are afraid of everything!

Fieldstone said...

Hi Gloria--I love the Valentine look you've created on your heading. Red is my favorite color. Yes, like you I'm one of the lucky ones to be born before there was a TV in every house. Pam

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

That was awesome, I remember hating those street lights for coming on. Now, where are my scissors?...

Hugs,
Dena

~♥~ Monica S said...

Ooo.. this is all so true!!!
It's amazing isn't it?? EVERYTHING is SO dangerous these days...

I can understand about traffic and cars... they are faster and there's alot more of them.. but HELLO!!!
We do need germs!! WE DO!! :-)

Monica

Carrie said...

Yes, that's my generation. Today's youth don't know spunky we all are...but this post makes it clear.

Tootsie said...

hey...got the photos! she is adorable!

lvroftiques said...

AMEN!!!! Isn't it a miracle we survived at all? *winks* Vanna