Do you remember???

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side...PG-13' started by Iddee, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

    My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e..coli.

    Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

    The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

    We all took gym, not PE...and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.
    Flunking gym was not an option... even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

    Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

    We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

    I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

    I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

    Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

    We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.


    Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

    We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either; because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.


    I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

    Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.

    Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighbourhood run amuck.




    To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family.

    How could we possibly have known that?

    We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes.

    We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

    How did we ever survive?

    LOVE TO ALL OF US WHO SHARED THIS ERA; AND TO ALL WHO DIDN'T, SORRY FOR WHAT YOU MISSED. I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR ANYTHING!

    Pass this to someone and remember that life's most simple pleasures are very often the best.
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    You forgot riding around in a car with a steel dashboard and no seat belts, let alone an airbag. How about riding in the back of the pick-up all the way to town and back.

    I had my own .410 shotgun when I was 9, .22 rifle at ten and .22 pistol at eleven............it is a wonders my Dad was not locked up for giving a minor firearms.

    To tell you the truth I have even riden a bike without a helmet, wait a minute there was no such thing as that.

    I have lived to tell you about drinking water out of a water hose also, I just don't know how I have made it this long.

    G3
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Water hose??? I drank out of the creek. Sure hope your cows weren't upstream, G3.
     
  4. rast

    rast New Member

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    That's how I grew up.
     
  5. Vance

    Vance New Member

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    Now those were the days. We were talking the other day about when we were in school and had steam radiators for heat. There's no way they would allow one of those today. We used to put our wet gloves on them to dry. Kids today don't know what they mised.
     
  6. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I killed my first squirrel at the age of 7, with a 16 gauge shotgun. I was hunting alone. What kind of uproar would there be if that hit the news today.

    I bought a lawnmower on credit when I was 13. I mowed yards all over town and made weekly payments on it until it was paid off. I did not use my parents for the credit. I had that good a reputation in town. I got it straight from the store.

    Can you see a kid doing that now?