To Those of Us Born 
1925 - 1955: 

At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.

If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said. 
1930ís, 40ís and  50ís !! 

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have
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,
locks on doors or cabinets,
when we rode our bikes,
 we had baseball caps, 
not helmets, on our heads.

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.
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 OKAY.

We would spend hours building 
our go-carts out of  scraps and 
then ride them down the hill,

Only to find out that we forgot about brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times,
we learned to solve the problem.

We did not 
Have Play Stations, Nintendo 
and X-boxes. There were 
No video games, 
No 150 channels on cable, 
No video movies 
Or DVDs, 
No surround-sound or  CDs, 
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 
Lost teeth, 
And there were 
No lawsuits 
From those accidents. 

We would get 
Spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles,
or just a bare hand,
 And no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, 
And mud pies 
Made from dirt, 
The worms did 
Not live in us forever. 

We were given
BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,
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 
And not everyone 
made the team.

Those who didn't 
had to learn

to deal with 

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 60 to 85 years 
have seen 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 those born 
between 1925 &1955, CONGRATULATIONS! 

You might want to share this with others who have had the  luck
to grow up as kids before the
and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. 

While you are at it, 
forward this 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 
by  Jay Leno: 

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