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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2005, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Something to think aboot..

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.

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, twinkies, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because ,,,,,,,,,

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. There was only one phone in the house and you asked permission to use it.

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 .
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 01:11 AM
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What always strikes me as amusing is how everything today that so bad for you, but back in the day, everybody did it and they were fine.

Like putting newborns on their stomachs to sleep, or drinking warm milk (not spoiled of course), you know, weird stuff that nowadays is a no no, but back then either nobody knew anybetter or they just didnt care! And we turned out ok...well most of us
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 08:24 AM
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ahh...the good old days.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 08:45 AM
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I can't tell you how many times I crashed my BMX bike, as a kid, without ANY safety gear. I didn't wear a helmet or anything. We used to build bike jumps and go out in fields and do all sorts of bike tricks. I still have scars to prove it.
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Originally Posted by ShanMan14
I can't tell you how many times I crashed my BMX bike, as a kid, without ANY safety gear. I didn't wear a helmet or anything. We used to build bike jumps and go out in fields and do all sorts of bike tricks. I still have scars to prove it.
i do as well and two fake front tooth to prove it.. never forget the time i "fixed" my bike and some reason didn't tighten the front bolts (oh and we fixed our own shiiiit back in the day too no shops or dad's help or anything) on the front tire.. so i am riding down the street with my friends about 4 houses down and I pop a wheel - front tire goes rolling and I am like oh shiiiiit this cannot be good, came down on the forks then my front teeth.. 3/4 of my front tooth busted out and my mouth was full of blood.. i tossed the bike aside, walked home with blood pouring out of my mouth and the tooth in my hand and said (in a calm voice) um mom i think we might want to go to the dentist.. lol.. she was FREAKING out..
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-02-2005, 10:08 AM
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Yeah, the good ole days. I once wanted to see how far I could ride my bike with my eyes closed. STUPID. I go about 50 feet and smacked the back of a parked car(good thing it was parked). Snapped my handle bars and got a bloody nose. Took my socks off and cleaned myself up and stayed out till it was time to go home. I raise my kids the same way. If you need help it is here, but try by all means to get it solved on your own.
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