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Sue Landow

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Something To Think About
« on: August 06, 2008, 09:41:37 AM »
Here's something for some of you (a'hem) older people. To the rest who will read and scratch your head, sorry.

Our moms used to make cake bater with raw eggs, and let us lick the bowl when she was done, and funny thing, we never once got poisoned from the egg.

Our Moms defrosted hamburger on the counter top, and we never got food poisoning. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting ecoli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then, and no clorine stains on our suits. And yet not one outbreak of mass infections. The only thing we had to worry about was someone peeing in the water near us.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE.... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell
us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option...even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything. And if I had a headache, I took an aspirin without fear of being suspended!

If we didn't make the grade, we failed. We thought that we were actually supposed to accomplish something before we were allowed to be proud of ourselves "for something!"

I just can't recall how bored we must have been without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or a 270 channel digital TV cable box.

Oh yeah.... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked for being on the construction site.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for having only a six foot fense aroiund a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew hated their parents, or had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever survive?

Love to all of you who shared this era, and to those of you who didn't... Sorry for what you missed. Cause I wouldn't trade it for anything.
"And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened". Luke 13:20-21

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Re: Something To Think About
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2008, 01:37:00 PM »

Hi Sue. Funny like that, isn't it! ;)



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