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Old 10-26-2006, 05:39 AM   #1
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"Safety" and wisdom

Y'all may have received this by e-mail, but it bears repeating. An awful lot of wisdom within!
Congratulations TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
  • First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
  • They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
  • Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.
  • 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 hitchhiking .
  • 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, white bread and real 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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
  • We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
  • Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
  • We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for 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! CONGRATULATIONS!

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 good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


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Old 10-26-2006, 05:49 AM   #2
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Ayrton: Not that I read The Sun... but it was the first link I found to show how MAD we have become re Health & Safety....! You couldn't make it up


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Old 10-26-2006, 05:55 AM   #3
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Just read it -- they MUST BE JOKING!!!

Glad to see you got my point, not that that surprises me! Seems there's a serious dearth of common sense these days.
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Old 10-26-2006, 07:11 AM   #4
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Born in 1955 thank you. And the things they talk about in that little piece, that doesn't even scratch the tip of the iceberg. But it would take too long to tell the tale.

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Old 10-26-2006, 11:29 AM   #5
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1953 here....and yes...we lived through it all! It's amazing what they are coming up with today to "protect" the children. I'm wondering what they will come up with when they decide that "bearing" them in the first place is too dangerous for them!
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:24 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by KAYLINDA
1953 here....and yes...we lived through it all! It's amazing what they are coming up with today to "protect" the children. I'm wondering what they will come up with when they decide that "bearing" them in the first place is too dangerous for them!
1953 here too! That statement does make one pause and think! Where are my shears, I feel like running.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:29 PM   #7
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1949 here. Isn't it amazing that any of us have lived to tell the tale? I never had to "suit up" to ride my bike like the children do today. I suppose we should just wrap our little ones in bubble wrap and send them out to play. I still have childhood scars on my hands and knees. They're my Badge of Courage from my near-misses, etc.

My father sewed me up so many times he told me once that it would be easier to insert a zipper on my body. He was a doc. That came in handy quite a few times.

As far as the "conkers" piece is concerned, I'm going to buy stock in protective goggles. Give me a break!
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:38 PM   #8
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I think that if common sense came in a pill, some people still would not take it.

I think alot of it also comes from the fact people are just too darned sue happy, and No body wants to take the blame.

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