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  • #31
    Originally posted by horsesense
    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN 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.

    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 Play stations, 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.

    We 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 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.

    (of course.....we let them get away with it...)

    And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

    It's not the kids of today's fault (no one said it was). It's the people who were born in the 50's,60's,70's. We wanted more for our kids today (faster technology, better this and that, more organic, better health) and we found out if you pamper, whine, and sue, you get your way, life is easier, and you don't have to work hard for what you want. It's nice to reminise (sp) but this generation needs to look in the mirror and see what it's created. I shake my head everyday and wonder where did things go wrong at least all the suing and gov regulations. But it's the same I heard from my grandfather and father how their childhood was so simple, but there is nothing compared to today growing up. My Dad watched his first tv when he was 10 yrs old. I can't imagine what my kids will be telling their kids. I do miss the good ol' days.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by GlamourGirl
      Why not tell all us younguns how far you walked to school every day?
      750 million miles each way in snow and rain and tornadoes in bare feet over broken glass each day!

      Man, my friends and I did some dumb stuff back then.

      I loved spending the day with my friends, backing a lunch and disappearing for the whole day! My best friend and I used to follow the stream at the back of her place for miles, it was so much fun!
      President of the GPA, Head of Mainland Europe Chapter




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      I adopted Skywalker

      I have been adopted by Chris Wade

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Nomad Broncofan
        It's not the kids of today's fault (no one said it was). It's the people who were born in the 50's,60's,70's. We wanted more for our kids today (faster technology, better this and that, more organic, better health) and we found out if you pamper, whine, and sue, you get your way, life is easier, and you don't have to work hard for what you want. It's nice to reminise (sp) but this generation needs to look in the mirror and see what it's created. I shake my head everyday and wonder where did things go wrong at least all the suing and gov regulations. But it's the same I heard from my grandfather and father how their childhood was so simple, but there is nothing compared to today growing up. My Dad watched his first tv when he was 10 yrs old. I can't imagine what my kids will be telling their kids. I do miss the good ol' days.
        I'm glad you posted this.
        "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

        John Stuart Mill (Look him up )

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        • #34
          Originally posted by His Wife
          I'm glad you posted this Nomad...It is soooo true.
          :clap:

          My daughter will never know what it's like playing every night outside with the neighborhood kids like I did. When I was a kid (and born in the early 60's), we'd play "kick the can" outside under the street lights and feel a little sad when we all had to break it up and go home. Is there anything better for kids than experiencing that as a kid? I feel sorry for kids today, because they will never experience that 'laid back' time of just being a kid and letting the adults worry about everything outside of their school work. Good post, Nomad.
          Last edited by His Wife; 08-27-2006, 10:49 AM. Reason: nebraska education
          "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

          John Stuart Mill (Look him up )

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