I am so tired of all this molly-coddling of kids these days that it makes me sick. I’m a Baby Boomer, one of the approximately 2,328,147 currently (still) living in the state of New Jersey today. 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. We 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! 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 OKAY.
We would spend hours riding our bicycles, roller skating, building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride each of these 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, Nintendo and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVDs, no surround-sound or 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, skinned our knees, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents. We 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.
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 our 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!! 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 65 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We’ve had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all! Such a shame that we have failed to pass these great and really fun lessons, values & morals along to our children as well as our parents did. My guess is that we’ll know how well we did as parents & teachers when the time eventually comes for ‘them’ to decide whether or not to ‘care for us in our old age’ or discard us in favor of an ‘assisted living facility’ as the current politically correct climate prefers. I guess, we’ll just have to wait & see if our children and their generation decide how best to deal with “us” the Baby Boomer elderly. Indeed, the newest American law, OBAMACARE & its ultimate consequences may just solve all the problems associated with caring for we, the newest elderly by way of … “euthanasia for the us” (the NEW elderly). Because don’t forget ~ our parents are either dead or dying by now! This will most likely be seen to be just as matter of fact to them, as “abortion for the unborn” was to our generation! I, can only hope & pray that we (I) have passed on more of our (my) moral & religious values to our children than the cowardly & politically correct Bull Shit peddled by the Liberal Media & radical liberal have done! ~dfh~ GOD BLESS AMERICA!