6 Feb


1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s & early 80s

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were 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 children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, 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 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 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, 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.

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.

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

Local teams had tryouts and not every one 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!

This generation has 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


And YOU are one of them!


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 our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, share it with your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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

PS: The BIG type is because your eyes are shot at your age!

Thx Starra – The Faerie Queen


2 Responses to “Congratulations!”

  1. gt281 February 6, 2008 at 8:22 PM #

    Who is this Starra – The Faerie Queen,, and why won’t she let
    me bother her?…You warned her about me didn’t’ you?…

    What are you two a bunch of Wicca commies?…
    Don’t you like big brother watching after you?…
    Don’t you want to live long and pay your taxes then die
    before you get your social security check,, because you can’t
    afford Health care?…
    Don’t you like cameras on every street corner?
    Don’t you like you E-grams monitored to root out terrorists?
    Don’t you like to have your mobile phones calls listened too?
    Don’t you want a micro-chip locator in you head?
    Are you trying to put millions of McD workers out of work
    and cause unemployment to rise?
    Are you trying to put school bus drivers out of work?
    Are you trying to put auto-workers out of work?
    And what about the poor Chinese TV makers?
    Don’t you want everyone to work at a computer and learn
    how to fix the Windows OS?
    Are you saying everyone should be like that fictional figure
    Daniel Boone and explore a new frontier,, to boldly go were
    no one has gone before?
    Do you own stock in the Band-Aid corp?
    Are you suggesting that kids climb trees,, thus destroying
    Gods oxygen making machine?…
    Why I think your both loony……….

  2. Faerie♥Kat February 6, 2008 at 9:59 PM #

    And you got all of that from “Congratulations!” or are you leaving your comments on the wrong post again? Because I’m starting to get worried about you, I think you’ve had your head behind the curtain too long if you got all this from “Congratulations!”! I really need a roadmap for this hallucination!

    Talk to me quick, before my head explodes….

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