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children of the 50's,60's and 70's

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by lethal tupperwa, Jan 30, 2003.

  1. lethal tupperwa

    lethal tupperwa

    Aug 20, 2002
    Subject: Congrats! You Made It!

    If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back, it's hard
    to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

    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.

    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 hitchhiking to town as a young

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

    We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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 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. No cell

    We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and
    broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these
    accidents. They were accidents.

    No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched
    each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

    We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never
    overweight.........we were always outside playing.

    We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died
    from this.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games, 99 channels
    on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, or
    Personal Computers. Internet chat rooms ... we had friends.

    We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home
    and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to
    them. Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves!Out there
    in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian.

    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.

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't,
    had to learn to deal with disappointment.

    Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were
    held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for
    any reason.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind.
    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They
    actually sided with the law.

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
    solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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're one of them. Congratulations!

    Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids,
    before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good!