1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!
- First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank.
- They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.
- Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
- 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
- As children, we would ride in cars with no 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, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but
we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
- 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 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 Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no
99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell
phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we
were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the
worms live in us forever.
- 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!
- This generation has 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 HOW TO
DEAL WITH IT ALL!
- And YOU are one of them!
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 our lives for our own
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
Disclaimer: No, I didn't write this, and no, I'm not advocating ignoring
real and avoidable risks like drinking or smoking during pregnancy, lead paint
or not using seatbelts, etc. We have learned some lessons that shouldn't be
ignored... However, sometimes we go a bit overboard the other way...
Presumably you all are smart enough to take the good points from this
and ignore the rest. ~jw