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Posted: 5/27/2003 6:40:34 AM EDT
My wife sent me this and I think it says a lot about how things are just getting so screwed up these days... If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or early '80s, the following applies to you: Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have... 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. Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!) We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors. 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 streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits 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 ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it? 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 inside us forever. 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. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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're one of them. Congratulations! Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 6:53:32 AM EDT
yes, surely, statistically, we should all be dead...................... im only 23 and i got to enjoy most every bit of that, funny how bad things have gotten in such a short amount of time. what i have to wonder about is how its going to be for my 14 month old son when he gets to my age.............personal foam suits?
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:02:15 AM EDT
That is outstanding. Thank you!!
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:03:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/27/2003 7:05:09 AM EDT by Yojimbo]
Yep, I'm only 34 and I remember taking long trips where my younger sister was so small she got to sit on the armrest between the front seats! No seat belts not baby seats just dump the kids and the car and go, imagine that...[:)]
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:06:08 AM EDT
We have Baby Boomers and Gen X....I think the next generation should be....THE BUBBLE GENERATION.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:15:57 AM EDT
Don't forget about the most toxic of ALL toxins.... .....RAW CHICKEN! Remember back in the day, when you'd just wipe the cutting board? Did we die? Now people act like raw chicken juice is poison.
Link Posted: 5/27/2003 7:37:04 AM EDT
And NO way should you let the frozen Chicken thaw out on the counter while you are at work...."it will make you sick" My Mother did this all the time, we never got sick once. Like I said, Bubble Generation.
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