Thursday, April 20, 2006

To All Kids who were born in the 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 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

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, send 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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