Baby Boomer Years with Humor
To All The Kids Who Survived the 30s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!
I survived the baby boomer years growing up... did you? Guess so or you wouldn't be here, reading this page!
The following memories are kinda funny, but also a bit sad... read on!
I long for these simpler times, and I would be willing to bet -- you do too!
Psssst! This isn't only for those who grew up in the baby boomer years! It's really about most of us senior folks! grin!
Baby Boomer Humor
- First, we survived being born to mothers who may have 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, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.
- As infants and children, we would ride in cars with
no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires
and sometimes no brakes.
- Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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.
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!
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, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150
channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound CDs, 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 those accidents.
would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or
just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse.
- We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode
horses,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.
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 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas... and technology has changed our lives in so many ways, forever!
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.