Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!



remember to give thanks! Hey girls! thank you for your response! i will definitely do the step-by-step! While i work on THAT, please vote for SARAH. She is in the UK Scrapbooker-of-the-year top 20!!! Her page is GORGEOUS and i am asking you to pay it forward for her!

click HERE to vote. (her page is # 1 Vision by Sarah James from Liverpool)

then

a very good friend emailed me something amazing this morning. Now i want to know if it were like this for YOU too... even though i grew up in South Africa and it describes my childhood perfectly, i am curious if this applies all over the world?Let me know and i will draw a number for a RAK. you can win <---------THIS book!!!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured 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 children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.


Riding three up on a push bike was always great fun.

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 bread pudding, white bread and real butter and drank lemonade with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!


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 karts 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 Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cellphones, no personal computer s, no Internet or Internet 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 air 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 yelled for them!


School sports teams 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!


This generation has 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!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

24 comments :

Juli said...

I was born in the late 60s and this post definitely applies to me, a kid growing up in the midwest. This was great to read... I feel so empowered now! :)

Sunny said...

Just 'passin' thru...
enjoyed your BLOG Hope you can view mine......
As I don't seem to get many views lol...
Have a Beautiful thanksgiving.....
God bless your days

Michelle M said...

I was born in 1960, spent my first 7 years in Alabama and then on to California and yes I too remember life being that way.
Michelle

Dale Anne said...

YES, I had been sent this awhile ago also....and YES, everything in that is the same for me except my Mom didn't smoke or drink!
Sometimes it makes you wonder if we survived, why can't the kids today survive with less.......
GREAT LAYOUT by the way!!!
off to go vote....

~BethAnn~ said...

Hi Wilna. It is funny that you asked if we could vote for your friend Sarah. On your last blog entry, she left a comment saying thank you for visiting her blog. I clicked on her name and found her blog and already voted for her. Her entry is really beautiful!

And about growing up...
everything in there sounds like my childhood also. The thing that stands out most to me is playing outside. We got up in the morning, got dressed, and went outside to play. We stayed outside all day. We always found things to do outside.
It seems like the kids today (mine included) don't play outside the house like they did when I was growing up. We knew everyone in our neighborhood and we all played together. We skated, raced, collected bugs, and chased lightening bugs. Brings back great memories.
Have a great day!

Kip said...

This is absolutely on target for my childhood!!

kip

Cindy Lee said...

Hi, Wilna, I loved your post! This Saturday is my "50th" Birthday so I did live through all of that, lol, and I "survived" - imagine that, lol! I sure don't "feel" 50 years old, that's for sure! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and I pray that God's blessings fill your home with love and all your heart's desires!

me..... said...

Hi there my friend. Yip,most of that sounds about right except my mom also didn't smoke or drink, but for the rest it all sounds pretty accurate. Have a great day

Di (Spot-On) said...

Born in 1971 and all of that applies to me! Definately! I remember every kid also minded their parents.

That said I wouldn't be without the internet now!

Anonymous said...

Hi Wilna

I am a 70's baby and I have to agree with it all. Life was so much simpler and happier then. Our children and especial us as parents just have to much to worry about these days. I miss those carefree good old days, but there are the advantages of todays world that we must appreciate, eg being able to see your wonderful work just by clicking a button.

The e-mail was great.

Take care
Lots of hugs
Ana

Aquilina Ehlert said...

Wilna,
When I read that - it made me laugh. I was born in 79'...but everything really applied to my childhood. Even to this day - my Parents remark about how much things have changed since I was a child. Our society around us has really given us the impression that it is normal to worry over every little thing that our children do. Reading this analogy has certainly re-vived within me a more sain perspective.
I Peter 5:7 (JB) says - "Unload all of your worries on to Him, since He is looking after you."

Love Ya!
Lina :-)

familyjames5 said...

hey wilna..firstly thanks SOOOO much for putting my link on your blog, i would never have expected that..thank you so much. I am overwelhmed. You are fantastic..thank you..again lol

and secondly..i love that child of the 70's thing, i have seen something similar before and it does make me wonder...how much more free we were kids.

It is so true that it bought tears to me eyes...why can't our kids be that free to be kids....

but i would really miss the internet too ;)

thanks again, many blessings and happy thanksgiving

sarah

StaciCal said...

Well I am a child of the 70's , and this story is so true....I remember standing up between the seats....while my parents drove, and just walking to a friends house, no playstations..................it was so nice........
great story.........staci

Roxy Roller said...

I am a child of the 70's, actually 1970 to be exact, and all of the above hold true for me!

P. S. I went and voted!

mommaobrienx7 said...

Wilna,
this was a wonderful post! And, yes, I was born in '75 and it all applied to me! Sometimes I wish we could go back to those times. I wish I could raise my children that way. The world is such a different place. There is so much more to worry about now. Seems like that makes up over half of our parenting energy - worrying.

Your page is beautiful and I voted for Sarah. I saw that book at my local Target the other day and thumbed through it. It is an amazing book!

Michelle said...

This is so true! I grew up in Malaysia.. and definitely we didn't hear of computers in our home till the mid 90s!

It is sad that kids these days won't get to experience all that we did back when we were kids. They'll miss out on a lot.

Patty said...

Hi Wilna!
'68 for me, and this brought back so many memories! Thanks for sharing! Oh, BTW, I did share a cup with someone and ended up getting mono!!! But I survived :-)

jacqui said...

Hi Wilna

It's most definitely so true. I grew up in South West Africa (now Namibia) - it was definitely a lot different to the way our children are growing up. Sad to think. Have a good thanksgiving. Love Jacqui

Anonymous said...

Hiya,
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. TFS Sarah's blog, gorgeous LO and child - placed my vote.
I was born in '69 and I'm still around... how true especially playing OUTSIDE... no tv games or malls {grrrrrrr}
BTW Love your LO.
Lotsa luv
Lesley Otto
SA Scrapper

lia b. said...

I grew up in the 70's and it was so like this. I was just saying the other day....I wouldn't trade how I grew up for anything that kids face today....not even cellphones (which I do love mine but wouldnt have wanted one as a kid thats for sure)
Fun RAK :) thank you!

Anonymous said...

HI Wilna,
Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I also grew up in the 60's and did so many of the same things.

Fran Heupel

brenda (mizweb) said...

Yes, I'm '66 and many of these things were very true for me...

Kirsten said...

That is so perfect! I was born in the 60's and my mom worked in a doctor's office - she had horrible morning sickness and the doctor would say "here, try this one today" and she took all kinds of medications...I am so lucky I wasn't a thalidomide baby. And, yes, I remember my little sister STANDING UP on the front seat, leaning behind my mother's shoulder as she drove - can you imagine?

Anonymous said...

so true, so true.....i wonder how we survived!