2. At one point, this was all you wanted for Christmas:
3. This, or a variation of this, adorned your bedroom wall.
4. Your dining room had a display cabinet just like this one (for the good china).
5. Your family ate dinner here:
6. You weren’t happy unless you went home from the fair with one of these.
7. You can recite Mrs Marsh and the Colgate commercials.
8. Your phone was a rotary dial model attached to wall (and if you wanted to call long distance, you had to wait until after 7pm when it was cheaper).
9. ‘Avon Calling!’ was a familiar sound at your front door. And it was welcome!
12. You made one of these as a kid:
13. It was no big deal to ride in the back of the station wagon and NOT wear a seatbelt.
14. You had one of these in your kitchen (you probably still do).
15. And your Mom let you lick these if you were good.
16. Your haircut was inspired by these ladies:
17. You often drank this:
18. The only way to put your car window down was to use one of these babies.
19. You snuck someone in your trunk to go here:
20. You know what these things were used for:
21. Every afternoon you came home from school and watched this blended family.
22. There is pictorial evidence of you looking like this:
23. Milk was delivered to your door, in glass bottles
25. You didn’t just have a record player, you had a whole sound system complete with MASSIVE speakers.
26. Your Mom made all your “special” clothes from one of these:
27. Your family room looked something like this.
28. A house wasn’t a home if you didn’t have one of these on the wall.
29. You spent hours in front of the TV watching Romper Room, waiting for your name to be called.
30. This was the only kind of bike you’d be seen dead on.
31. This was the only way to borrow books from the library.
32. If you didn’t have one of these, you desperately wanted one.
33. Your family owned one of these:
34. You always argued about who got to pull this:
35. This was your favorite toy at one stage
36. If you turned on your TV after midnight, this is what you saw:
37. You used these to put your hair up in pigtails (or your Mom did):
38. You spent hours trying master this
40. You were in love with at least one of these people (Let’s face it, it was Potsie).
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, (ESPECIALY THE) 60's, and the 70s !
First, we survived being born to some 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-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags and sometimes bald tires.
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.. WHY? 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 we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, 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 and no 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 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 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 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 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, forward 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 ?