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Tam

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*TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED 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 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!

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?!
 

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