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Old 02-11-2007, 02:43 PM   #1
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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?!
PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age !

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Maidrite, that sentence about smoking is so true! My mom smoked 2 packs a day when she was pregnant with me. She was up tp 5 packs a day when she quit. The rest of it is true also, when I was a baby we made the 45 minute trip to my grandparents house with me either in my mom's lap, laying in the back seat with my brother, or with my mom driving & nursing me!!
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Oh, so true - wouldn't change a thing!!
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As for this: The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

It applied for being at school, too. If the teacher/principal called and said we'd committed a "no-no," our parents believed the school folks and we received the same, or worse, punishment at home.

Crap, now teachers can't even give a child a hug when they fall down and get a boo-boo. Somethin' is definitely wrong.
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As for this: The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

It applied for being at school, too. If the teacher/principal called and said we'd committed a "no-no," our parents believed the school folks and we received the same, or worse, punishment at home.


Crap, now teachers can't even give a child a hug when they fall down and get a boo-boo. Somethin' is definitely wrong.

School folks now were the kids back then.....if you know what I mean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These school folks mean business.............They are cleaning the system out.........the school folks now are gutsy!!!!! Too many school administrative arrest to side with you!!!!!
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