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Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back,
    it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

    We licked the beaters on the hand mixer and didn't have anyone telling
    us we were going to become deathly ill from eating batter with raw eggs
    init!

    At Easter time, we had our dyed Easter eggs in a nest on the counter and
    they sat out at room temperature for the week after Easter. We would peel
    one whenever we felt like it. I Can't Believe We Made It!

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags,
    sometimes standing up in the middle of the front seat between Mom and Dad.

    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, cabinets, and whence
    rode our bikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a
    young kid!

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

    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 phones, no pagers. Unthinkable.

    We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut,
    broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no lawsuits 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 games, we shared grape soda
    with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

    We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all,
    we didn't have 99 channels on cable, we didn't even have cable, no video
    tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, 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 and just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing.
    Without asking a parent! By our-selves! Out they're in the cold, cruel
    world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?

    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, imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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 regulate d our lives, for
    our own good.
     
  2. rlfjr

    rlfjr NRA Life Member

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    Hey, Okie,

    Your post struck many responsive chords, as I grew up in a rural area and should have died from any number of stupid things I did as a child and adolescent. How 'bout drinking water out of the stream that flowed out back, after winding its way through the neighboring farmer's pasture? How 'bout chucking lit cherrybombs out the window of the car with a six-pack on the seat between the designated driver and me? He was designated not because he was sober -- none of us were -- but because he had his parents' car that night. Man, all that stuff was fun, but that was a different time and a very different life. Remember hunkering down under our school desks for the nuclear strike that could occur? Now we worry about a whole host of different threats, and we worry about them for our children.

    Stay aware, be safe ....