• TO ALL THE
    KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
    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.
    WHY?

    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, Nintendos 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.



    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 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, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,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 ?
    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 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. WHY? 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, Nintendos 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. 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 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, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses,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 ?
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