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 08-05-2005, 10:44 Post: 114393
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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 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 and 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 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!

Our 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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 08-05-2005, 10:54 Post: 114396
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A very good thought ......

But let's not forget those of us who actually lived through Jolly Jumpers without becoming paraplegics.

Or who rode around in a car our entire childhood without a seat-belt let alone a car seat...... Oh, but wait that was back when people DROVE cars, not POINTED them.

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 08-05-2005, 10:59 Post: 114398
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Pretty good stuff. It's sort of funny that the safety nazis may be making things worse. One theory on the explosion of allergies in humans says that kids who are constantly protected from exposure to bacteria and viruses actually grow up to have screwed up immune systems. Eating mud and worms might have actually been good for you!






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Ken, I hadn't thought of it that way.

I was born in the late fall of the year, and starting that first winter (in Toronto, Canada) Mom would put me out on the front porch in the pram on nice days for my nap to 'take some air because it's good for a body' as my grandmother would say, and obviously taught her.

Even with all the other health issue I do suffer with, I'm allergic to nothing and still only get maybe one cold a year.

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Don't forget eating raw ground beef as Mom was making meatballs or hamburgers or eating cold raw hotdogs straight from the butchers wrapping paper! No one I know ever got e-coli or salmonella.

Mike.






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"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."

I solved the problem by making my little brother ride down first. If he made it OK then we'd all ride down.






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 Did you survive the 30 s 40 s 50 s 60 s and 70 s

A couple of other things come to mind.

My mom would buy us fireworks for July 4 (the good stuff, not the stuff that they sell today!) My family still has all their fingers and eyes.

My grandparents' houses had wood burning cookstoves, did not have inside plumbing, electric lights, or telephones until I was about ten. We would go outside to the out-house and drink water from a cistern that collected rain water off the roof that we pumped and carried into the house in buckets. It was kind of like camping out to go to grandma's house, but we did not get sick.






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DRankin

Your expose on growing up "unprotected" is so eerily
close to my own, I wonder if you were my neighbor.
Just kidding, but I wholeheartedly agree with it.
We all made it. I dont remember anyone dying or
even getting hurt from any of these things,BUT one
thing I believe we did have as kids is- COMMON SENSE.
Today I see kids do stuff that is absolutely ludicrus
and I have to blame the parents. My parents 'educated'
me to not 'screwup'(to keep it clean). We knew the
consequences of screwups and hence we either rectified
the situations(occasionally) or we just didnt do dumb
ass stuff.
From a kid in the late 50's and early 60's

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DRankin

As a followup. I have a difficult time understanding
why people(cities)etc. are allowed to sue paint manufacturers that made paint with lead in it. I never
could see why they should be blamed if parents allowed
their kids to eat it. Paint is not made to eat. What if
the same thing was going on with toilet bowl cleaner?
Another product that is clearly not made to be eaten.
It seems today too many parents look for a scapegoat,
instead of taking the blame themselves for not protecting
their kids.

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I can't take credit or the essay. It was sent to me by a friend.

I thought you guys might enjoy it.....






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