Congratulations to us all, we made it.... I Can't Believe We
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us
who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70'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
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
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
We did not have Play stations, 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
We had friends! We went out!side 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
were no 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 broke 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!
Please pass this on, or give the link, to others who have had
the luck to grow up as kids before lawyers and government regulated
our lives for our own good !!!
Again, a little thankyou to cammie, for sending
Yes, I see the irony of the "Please pass
this on" bearing in mind my Pass
this on rant 'n' rave... everything above the line is a direct
quote - the only variations are in formatting and the addition
of the "or give the link" text, which were added/modified
to fit the medium of a webpage instead of an email