Tuesday, April 24, 2012

We are Awesome!

Just a short post tonight but wanted to let everyone know that The Cowboy is feeling a little better today. He’s drinking lots of fluids and still sleeping a lot. He doesn’t have much of an appetite yet but tonight I fixed tilapia and asparagus and although he only had a few bites, he did say that it tasted good so his taste buds are working fine. He says that at least he’s able to think about eating again. A day at a time.
Oh! and not to worry . . . I’ve been eating my share plus whatever he doesn’t eat Who me?  I eat when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m homesick, when I’m excited . . . and why is it that I think I’ll find the solution in the fridge?Confused smile
I don’t forward a lot of emails but sometimes one comes along that is worth sharing. I’m sure you’ve all seen this before but it’s a good read and it’s a good reminder.
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,
OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!!
To Those of Us Born
1925 - 1970 :
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don't read anything else, please
read what he said.
Very well stated, Mr. Leno.
1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s!!
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.
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 building
our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them 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’s 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.
and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut,
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 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 to 85 years have seen 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 those born
between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it ?
The quote of the month
Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us...go ahead and delete this.
For the rest of us.....pass this on.


  1. The fridge has become my best friend through all of this and that is not a good thing. Jim has kind of quit eating through the waiting and has lost 18 lbs. He needed to lose some but he also needs to stop now. Sure am glad the Cowboy thinks the food tasted good. That has got to be a step in the right direction. Keep it up.

  2. When you figure out the answer as to why we eat when we're happy, sad, etc. Please let me know..... I'm trying to figure that out too...

  3. Glad Cowboy is gradually getting back to eating, Sharon. Good sign that great days are ahead. I'm so happy for both of you. Tell him to quit losing weight because I'm finding it.

    I loved your post. So true. I remember as a little kid, the rule was simple. Be home when the street lights come on. I was gone all day and no one worried. If I was out of line and a neighbor caught me they weren't worried about being sued if the gave me a swat. We learned a lot by taking our lumps. I read something that made me laugh, today. "My teacher pointed me with his ruler and said: 'At the end of the ruler there's an idiot!' I got detention after asking which end." Yes, that would have been me as a kid.

  4. Glad Cowboy was doing better today. Enjoyed the email you posted. Makes me remember that's the way it really was. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hope it's a good sign that food might be appealing, but understandable because of the treatments and such. Sleep is still a good thing and the body tells us that. The journey back to where you were, is accomplished one step at a time.

    All I want to hear, other than your voices is...the ringing of that bell!!!
    Luv and prayers,