Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Raynham, MA United States
WOW.. be happy we are still ALIVE
I Can't Believe We Made It!
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably
shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or
and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in
it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one
actually died from this.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode
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 would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we
were back when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us
day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at
no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.
We had friends! We went outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there
lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame
us. Remember accidents?
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned
get over it.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were
it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or
the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade
held back to repeat the same grade.
Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.
The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or
b r oke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or
law. Imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers, and inventors, ever.
We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility --- and we
how to deal with it.
And you're one of them!
Please pass this on to others who were blessed to grow up as "kids"
lawyers and government regulated our lives "for our own good" !!!