If You Ate Dirt, Holler!


I previously wrote a post about how children don’t play any more:


Well, I found this on another blog and thought that I would share it with you. It just reiterates some of the points I had brought up. It also makes me long for my lost youth.

I guess you could say that this is for anyone who wasn’t born in the 80s or 90s. Or for anyone whose parents didn’t read any parenting how-to books. This is especially for those who wish kids were allowed to be kids.

To All of Us 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 ate blue cheese dressing and tuna from a can. They took aspirin and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets.

When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. We hitchhiked. 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 and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, and real butter. We drank Kool-Aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS PLAYING OUTSIDE!

We were allowed to 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 Play Stations, Nintendos, X-boxes, or video games at all. We didn’t have 150 channels on cable, DVDs, home theatres , CDs, cell phones, personal computers, Internet or chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones, and lost teeth. There were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies. The worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. 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. We knocked on the door, 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!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

The past 50 years has seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility.

More importantly, 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.

And while you are at it, forward this article 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?


About myra36

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4 Responses to If You Ate Dirt, Holler!

  1. darkeve says:

    I love that post! They wouldnt include those born in the 80s though, would they? hehe, I dont remember anything about my childhood, just bits and pieces, from here and there. My mom is kind of a health freak, so even if we grew up in the 20s, she would have still been the same.

  2. myra36 says:

    mmm, i guess the reason why i didn’t include the 80s was because that’s when video games (remember atari?) and mtv started to get popular. ergo, kids had more reasons to stay indoors and not be physically active. i find it hilarious that 80s fashion is back though.

  3. darkeve says:

    mom thought atari was harmful and gonna make us stupid, so i was usually out playin soccer with my brother and his friends, hehe.. building blocks were one my favorites too! and the mechanical parts of machines that you put together, dont know what that’s called though..

    yeah 80s fashion, it’s crazy!!

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