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    Senior Member Array boscobeans's Avatar
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    1930s, '40s, '50s,
    First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank
    while they were pregnant.
    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
    Then, after that trauma, we were
    put to sleep on our tummies
    in baby cribs covered
    with bright colored lead-based paints.
    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,
    locks on doors or cabinets,
    and, when we rode our bikes,
    we had baseball caps,
    not helmets, on our heads.
    As infants and children, we would ride in cars
    with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts,
    no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes..
    Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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, real butter,
    and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real
    white sugar. And we weren't overweight.
    Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
    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 OKAY..
    We would spend hours building
    our go-carts out of scraps
    and then ride them 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, Nintendos and X-boxes.
    There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable,
    no video movies or DVDs,
    no surround-sound or CDs,
    no cell phones,
    no personal computers,
    no Internet and no chat rooms.
    and we went outside and found them!
    We fell out of trees, got cut,
    broke bones and teeth,
    and there were no lawsuits
    from those accidents.

    We would get spankings with wooden spoons,
    switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand,
    and no one would call child services to report abuse.

    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!
    These generations have produced some of
    the best risk-takers,
    problem solvers, and inventors ever.
    The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion
    of innovation and new ideas..
    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
    If YOU are one of US
    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 so much of our lives for our own good.
    While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?


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    20 years ago, I thought you were a fool for posting this stuff. 10 years ago, ah, maybe you were on to something, probably not. Now that I am 45, this is the stuff of genius. I was not born in the same era, but like the post anyway.
    Got to go now, scissors need sharpening

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    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we
    broke the law was unheard of.
    They actually sided with the law!
    And if you got into trouble at school, the punishment was far worse when you got home.
    When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
    "Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
    Hóka-héy! Crazy Horse

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    Great post.

    I remember standing, at my dad's shoulder, in the '53 Olds. naming the cars .....that's a Chevy, there's a Ford, a Studebaker, Packard, Kaiser , Plymouth, Hudson, Nash etc.

    Fond memories
    Don't tread on me or mine.
    I am comfortable laying on a rock in the sun; bothering no one. If you choose to ignore the above statement, you will wish all you had to do, is deal with a snake.

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