Can you believe we lived?

BigDog

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TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED 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 were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs 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 infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, 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 Kool-aid made with sugar, 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 OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down t he 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 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or 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 poke 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 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. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have 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!

If 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 so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.


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



gnn961

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I have to agree it was so much easier back in the 50's being a kid.......
 

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It wasn't all that great. My old man, God Bless his soul, knew another use for his belt in addition to keeping his britches up. It was probably a good thing for me; but at the time it didn't seem so great.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Common Sense @ Jun 26 2008, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
It wasn't all that great. My old man, God Bless his soul, knew another use for his belt in addition to keeping his britches up. It was probably a good thing for me; but at the time it didn't seem so great.[/b]

My dad would tell me "I'm only doing this because I love you and don't want you to get in real trouble"

I had a discussion at the office the other day with a woman that I have work with for years and we were amazed at what the 20 something kids will try to get away with. Our office gives 8 days of "Sick Personal Time", 13 days of vacation and 10 holidays a year for newer employees. I run the Time off approval system for 3 offices and have spent 4 days auditting their time off in my system with what payroll says they have left. Many have acctually run out of everything but their Holidays. Then I catch greif because I made the corrections in my system. It's becomes everyone's fault except their owns. It just baffles me. We were taught from a young age that we are responsible for our own actions.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Common Sense @ Jun 26 2008, 05:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
It wasn't all that great. My old man, God Bless his soul, knew another use for his belt in addition to keeping his britches up. It was probably a good thing for me; but at the time it didn't seem so great.[/b]

your not alone CS. But it didn't take too long before I learned some respect and learned that I am responsible for my actions. When I was about 8 I shot my little bro in the arm with my Daisy BB gun....you can bet I never pointed any gun, toy or not, at anyone EVER again. The majority of kids today rarely get "spankings", and have a lack of respect because of it.
 

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I've seen that list before and it is SO TRUE! How DID we survive???

For years I didn't realize a belt was really for holding up your pants...


Personal responibilty??? What's that? Oh yeah, that's what my generation was brought up on. Today...it's always someone else's fault.

Man have things changed. Wish I could say it was for the better.
 

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Amen.. this one has been around a while but I can tell you now that it's dead on right!

I can't believe the number of parents these days who are terrified to let their kids out of their sight, but then never teach them personal responsibility or the fact that no matter what kind of situation you get into, good or bad, you put YOURSELF in that situation... it's not someone else's fault.

It makes me crazy...

Edited to add... What makes me even crazier is how much I realize I'm starting to sound like my dad now!
 

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