Baby Boomers Ade!
Here Come the Millennials!

Our mothers worked, played and ate whatever they wanted while pregnant, but most of us had a healthy childhood. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.

We slept on our tummies in baby cribs painted with lead-base paints. There were no child-proof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we wore baseball caps instead of helmets. We rode in cars with no booster seats, infant seats, seat belts or air bags. The car often had bald tires and sometimes poor brakes. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm summer day was a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and would share a soft drink with four friends drinking from the same bottle, and we lived. We ate white bread with real butter and drank iced tea sweetened with cane sugar, but weren’t overweight. We were always outside, doing chores or playing. If no one was able to reach us all day, parents weren’t concerned.

We spent many hours building go-carts out of old baby coaches and lawnmowers. If there was no motor, we just rode downhill. There were seldom brakes, so we wore out the soles of our shoes and got scolded. After that we ran into the bushes to stop.

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 DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no social networking, But we had friends!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, but we healed and there were no lawsuits.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one called child services to report abuse.

We got BB guns for our birthday, ran with sticks in our hands and rode bikes no-hands, but we somehow lived and still have our eyes.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't learned to deal with it.

We had three meals together every day and ate what Mom cooked. We said “thank you” and “please.”

We played in the rain and behaved in public.

We walked a mile or two to school. And after school there were chores to do.

If we broke the law, our parents actually sided with the law! We had the good luck to grow up before lawyers and the government made life for kids next to impossible.

There was hardly a lake within 50 miles of my home that I didn’t skate on as a kid and I always tested the ice myself. Our grandkids came to visit over the Christmas holidays 2017-2018. After three days and nights of temperatures in the teens and single digits, our grandkids were walking on the frozen lake near our home when a police car pulled up and ordered them off the ice. Someone had called 911. The water was only two feet deep where they were walking and the ice was five inches thick!

I just heard that Harley Davidson is closing it’s Missouri plant. Baby Boomers are dying and Millennials don’t relate to Harleys.

Ralph V Harvey