MISSOURI, April 15, 2014 —Looking back at those who grew up in the 30s, 40s and 50s, you have to wonder how they survived. Maybe but by the grace of God.
Some remember riding in the rumble seat of the model A and T Ford. Going down a gravel road and not having the air bag or seat belt. True, they weren’t going that fast but those roads were not exactly as smooth as the roads of today.
How about riding in the back of a pickup truck? Not just one person but maybe four or five. Children piled into the back of a pickup to head to the drive in theater. They went, watched and returned home.
They did not have all the vitamins, energy bars, drinks, and health foods that people have today. However, they did have fresh food grown in their gardens. They also did not have all the junk food we have today.
Many ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. They drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, most weren’t overweight because they were always outside playing and for many doing “chores.”
There were no health clubs or diet experts. No bicycle clubs or cross fit.
Some drank the water from a cistern. Some even chewed “road tar” as a gum substitute. Think about that one. Would you consider doing that today?
There were little league tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who did not make the team had to learn what disappointment was all about. Surely, some may not think this was fair but this helps young people in developing one’s character. Many have experienced disappointment and what it did for them was made them more determined to overcome that event that caused that disappointment. There are a lot of alligators out there so you better be ready to handle them to survive.
In school, some students weren’t as smart as others or didn’t work hard. Those students actually failed and were held back to repeat the same grade.
That generation produced some of the greatest risk-takers and problem solvers we have ever seen.
Today one can’t count the times about hearing about the students in higher grades having problems with the basics such as reading, writing and arithmetic. Could this be one of the reasons our country is not at the top in education as compared to other countries?
Remember when being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home especially if you received a “whippen” in front of the class?
Children at that time were in fear for their lives, not because of drive-by shootings, drugs, or gangs, but because they feared and respected their parents and grandparents. However, they all survived because their families love was greater than the threat.
There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, but they knew how to keep these from the children. They also did not have any bars on the windows, doors, and we survived. They drank a “coke” but did not sniff it.
They developed their character by experiences of freedoms, failure, work ethics, respect, success and responsibility, and they learned how to deal with it all and survived.
However, that’s from a time and place I am from-