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 koolade made with sugar, 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 PS3, Wii, X-Box360 not even Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound , CD’s or Ipods, 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 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


If YOU are one of those kids.  

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 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, tornados, 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?”

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us….go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us…..pass this on.




  1. lookingreflection Says:

    Great post! I especially liked the color coordination. Gen-X are definitely survivors.

  2. sulz Says:

    ditto that. i guess what the modern kids are blessed with in technology, the olden days kids are made up for with more freedom and a carefree childhood.

  3. JiMong Says:

    Thanks for the comments Lookingreflection & Sulz.

    One thing for sure is that I could look back my own life as a kid without all these “advanced technology” stuffs. I think it would be much harder for “modern” kids to have fun without those stuffs.

  4. Music From My Seoul Says:

    great post indeed!!!

    however i wouldn’t say that we, modern kids, have been “blessed” with growing up in such a technological world…. i feel it makes us weak in many aspects.

    while the brain of some tech creators might be quite developed, most kids using technology don’t think half as much as previous generations did. or when we think it’s about things that don’t really matter. or we get half way through the conclusion and give up.

    physically, people are fatter than ever and suffer from more cancers and heart diseases than over the past centuries.

    and while we are consuming more wisely, we still consume a heck of energy that we could definitely live without.

    don’t you sometimes wish you were born on a desert island? i tend to resent how easy my life has been.

    on the bright side you are Korean! and Koreans are notorious for being slim and smart (especially good at math). so thanks to your culture, it’s possible that you haven’t been entirely corrupted 😉

    by the way, i too really like the color coordination of your post!

  5. JiMong Says:

    I hear you, Ann-Marie, but one thing I believe that the Modern kids (generation) really cares more about the planet Earth than ex-generations. Isn’t it really a good sign?.

    I hope I am notorious one for Slim and smart but I am not. I am corrupted one! 😉

  6. Music From My Seoul Says:

    you’re right! thanks for the silver lining jimong 😉

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  8. JiMong Says:

    You’re welcome, Ann-Marie!

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  10. A moment like this by kelly Says:

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  11. Freeda Rawlins Says:

    Sorry, aber das bezweifel ich ganz stark…Baer

  12. Waschbeckenunterschrank Says:

    Das htte ich nun gar nicht gedacht. Hast du dazu weitere Quellen? Gru Wschbeckenunterschrank

  13. Sectional Garage · Says:

    the baby cribs should be as protected as possible and it should have additiona safety features ‘*,

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