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I Can’t Believe We Made It. . .

on December 7, 2012

ITS THE TRUTH and WE SURVIVED! I know because I am one of them, are you?
 Were you born 1930 – 1979?


I’m not one of those people who romanticizes the 1950s, but there are some truths worth remembering and revisiting.

I grew up in a very different world. Play meant using imagination. It mean physical activity. Jump rope, hide and seek, tag, Stick ball (no one owned a real bat). Stoop ball, jacks. Building a “fort” or climbing a tree. Cowboys and indians. Toys were simple, not electronic. Getting a new doll was a real thrill. She never needed a reboot, unless you count having to find her lost shoe.

If you were having a hard time with the bullies in school, you got up, got dressed and went to school. It didn’t mean you weren’t scared. I was plenty scared. It simply wasn’t a parent problem … it was mine. Yours. Ours.

Marilyn - Senior YearYou didn’t get a lot of pats on the back for “trying hard.” You might get an “attaboy”…

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4 responses to “I Can’t Believe We Made It. . .

  1. bobmielke says:

    I talk about the days when I grew up all the time. This video nailed that era exactly. I know why present day kids are bullies and wimps, they weren’t taught that there are consequences for their actions by their parents. Even more basic that in today’s world parents don’t raise kids at all. Both parents work & a “parent to be named later” raises our kids. My mom was a stay at home mom. That means we were raised by our parents and taught right from wrong.

  2. Ray's Mom says:

    When children could play outdoors all day without worry they would disappear, families had a sit down dinner each night when the day’s events were discussed without TV blaring, most Mothers were stay at home moms without guilt. The last of the good old days

  3. Teepee12 says:

    The values we learned at home are a lot less important than the values we learned by being allowed to take our own lumps and experience the consequences of our actions. There’s been a lot of research about this and I grew up in a horribly dysfunctional home. My mother was fine, my father you don’t want to know about. But my brother and I grew up decent people, reasonably good parents, hard-working. We didn’t “get” values delivered by great parents. We doped them out by a process called “growing up.” We got plenty of tastes of real life and when we became part of the world, we were already familiar with it and how it works … which is a very far cry from many of the insanely over-protected kids today. I am NOT in favor of spanking … I was beaten plenty as I kid and all it did was teach me that people who are bigger than you can hurt you. I am in favor of letting kids learn life’s lessons, not always assuming that your kids are perfect. And WAY too many electronic and other fancy toys. Kick them out and let them get some physical exercise. Stop feeding them crap, too.

    • catnipoflife says:

      Way to go! This is what I like so much about you (other things too heehee)…you lay it on the line…you Nailed this one! I even read it to my husband and he responded …I LIKE HER!

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