Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Those Were The Days...

I am SO thankful my Mom & Dad let me be a KID! Look at all these wonderful memories we have! Wish our kids could have the same ones! Living like we did, basically all people over 30 should, by all rights, be dead.
According to today's bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's and 70's probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. 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 jumping homemade ramps & curbs).
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We even drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back for supper. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, DVD's, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went outside and found them. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home, knocked and just walked on in and talked to them.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Back then if you got in trouble, they would give you a "whippin", and no one called Child Protective Services on your parents for "child abuse", Imagine that!
Our generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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!

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