Sunday, April 13, 2008



Happ--ee Birth--day to meeeeeee! Oh, my gosh! I, like many "baby boomers" I suppose, am shocked to come to the realization that I'm middle-aged now. As my lovely oldest daughter pointed out, (as she was putting all the candles on the beautiful cake my youngest daughter brought home), "Mom, you're the same age as the speed limit!" (Well, one speed limit, anyway--there are higher ones!) It's a wonder that I didn't set off all the smoke alarms in the neighborhood!!! My sister sent me something I thought I'd copy to my post; it's funny, and yet, so true. I don't know who the author is, or I would gladly give credit where credit is due, but here goes:

"THOSE BORN 1920-1979:

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who 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, doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up 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 and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, 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 OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts 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, Nintendos, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or 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 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 poke 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. 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 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!

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!"

4 comments:

SweetAnnee said...

Happy belated birthday to you!!
love your cake..
life is GOOD

bj said...

Hi, Jannie...Yep...55 IS a speed limit...but, be thankful that you aren't the HIGHEST speed limit of 70.....I AM !! BAAA WAAAAA BOO HOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!
Come back to see me anytime!
hugs, bj

Nene said...

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY" (even though late) In my book, I like to Celebrate for a week or a month...lol!!

I hope you enjoyed your day after all it is when all the angels in Heaven danced and all the birds chirped with songs of their own when you were born. They always do everytime someone is "Born", I would like to think;))

Hugs,
Jeannene (Nene)

Barbara Hagerty said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Jannie!

I became "the speed limit" this year also. Hope you have a wonderful year!!