LIFE

A Message For EVERYONE Who Survived The 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s!

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

How on earth did you manage to survive??

This is an open letter to all of the kids who managed to survive the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s!

Somehow, by some miracle, we survived being born to mothers  who didn’t dodge clouds of second hand smoke…simply because no one said that was required.

While expecting, they took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes…. Scroll down to learn more about how it’s a miracle that we even survived…and don’t forget to SHARE these memories with your friends.

When we were born, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. Somehow, we survived!

When we were born, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints. Somehow, we survived!

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes…Though sometimes we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes…Though sometimes we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
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On Sunday our moms forced us to wear uncomfortable clothes to go to church and we had absolutely NO SAY in the matter.

On Sunday our moms forced us to wear uncomfortable clothes to go to church and we had absolutely NO SAY in the matter.

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.

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.

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…Twinkies, ding dongs, and Kool-aid made with REAL white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY?

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon…Twinkies, ding dongs, and Kool-aid made with REAL white sugar. And we weren't overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing...that's 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...no cell phones! And you know what?

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...no cell phones! And you know what?

We were okay.

We were okay.

We did not have Playstations, 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! Something as simple as going out for ice cream was an event.

We did not have Playstations, 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! Something as simple as going out for ice cream was an event.

No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS! When we went outside and found them!

No cell phones, No personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS! When 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 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 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 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.

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!!

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 or got in trouble in school was UNHEARD of...They actually typically sided with the law!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law or got in trouble in school was UNHEARD of...They actually typically sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best INVENTORS...

These generations have produced some of the best INVENTORS...

, problem solvers and inventors ever.

...RISK-TAKERS...

...RISK-TAKERS...

...AND ARTISTS...ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

...AND ARTISTS...ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

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 so much of our lives became regulated for our own good .

While you are at it, please SHARE it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were!