Celebrating Women for the Real World


Completely Random Picture That Has Fit Into No Other Theme Week!

Pull out those pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey pictures or the one with your Aunt Edna wearing a lamp shade this week!

Mama Duck wanted random, well this one is random. I opened up the photo album and it is the first picture I came to. This is a photo of my best friend from college and myself. She is originally from Chile, and when we were in Quebec, we stumbled upon a Chilean Restaurant called “Chile Lindo” and had to eat there.

The funny thing about this trip is that we hardly ever had to pay for a meal. Time after time people would stop us and ask what language we were speaking, telling us that it was beautiful to listen to (Spanish? compared to French?…I think they were nuts!). Either the owner or a customer would pick up our tab, which was wonderful because we were so broke when we traveled. The only reason we were able to travel out of the Country every year was because my best friend’s mom was a travel agent. Ahhhh those years were so much fun!

WBW Bonus
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 & 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 koolade made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because .
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 O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride downthe 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, Nintendo’s, 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 computer! s, 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 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 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
If YOU are one of them . . . CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up askids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives
for our own good .
And 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?!

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  1. * aka_Meritt - www.coffeetalking.blogspot.com says:

    I can’t believe people picked up your tab! Think if I learned Chilean someone would pay for my meal? LOL.

    Na, I didn’t think so either! πŸ™‚

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  2. * Christie says:

    happy wbw
    I played

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  3. * Karen says:

    My son is growing up in a completely different world than how his dad and me grew up. Light years apart. Enjoyed reading how lucky we are to be alive!

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  4. * Shell says:

    Sounds like you had fun in college.

    Wish someone would pick up my tab here in America.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  5. * Carrie says:

    Oh that sounds like fun! How funny that their flag almost looks like a Texas flag! πŸ™‚

    I played! πŸ™‚

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  6. * The Kept Woman says:

    Free food rocks.

    I’m still jealous that you are fluent in Spanish.

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago
  7. * Kelly says:

    Very random photo indeed! And I’m such an idiot… I thought that was a Texan flag! LOL

    | Reply Posted 11 years, 7 months ago

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