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Old 05-01-2003, 05:20   #1 (permalink)
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cool 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
kids
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
cabinets,
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
treat.

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
playing.

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
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 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
all
day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at
all,
no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
cell
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
wereno
lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame
but
us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned
to
get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were
told
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
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.

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade
and were
held back to repeat the same grade.

Horrors!

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
the
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
learned
how to deal with it.

And you're one of them!
Congratulations.


Please pass this on to others who were blessed to grow up as "kids"
before
lawyers and government regulated our lives "for our own good" !!!
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Oh yeah,how well I remember,even though I grew up in OZ our childhoods were'nt that different. Born late 40's
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AND DON'T FORGET WHEN THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL COULD (AND WOULD) PADDLE YOUR BACKSIDE WITH THAT HUGE BOARD WITH HOLES IN IT!!!
I didn't like it then but am THANKFULL for it today!
Today that is a CRIME!
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Re: WOW.. be happy we are still ALIVE

Quote:
Originally posted by GMACK24
I Can't Believe We Made It!

we were never overweight because we were always outside
playing.

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
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 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
all
day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at
all,
no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal
cell
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
wereno
lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame
but
us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned
to
get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were
told
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
rang
the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

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
the
law. Imagine that!
Just chopped about half out and there you have my childhood, but then I lived in a big family and out of the city a bit.

But I'm only 18! The other day I was at my parents place and was talking to my brother about how my youngest brother never plays footy/cricket/anything/rides bikes/whatever like we did, he has a Nintendo 64, Gameboy and PC.

And before he was even in High School, he wanted a mobile phone!

We used to do, 1, 2 and 5 cent jobs for our parents, sweep driveways for little old shop owners so we could go to the General Store (yes we had a general store) and buy Gold Medal Soft Drink to share, and the 10c bottle return was always good for a 10c lolly bag.

And I'm not old!
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