Here's something to get your day started, think about it!
You are probably over forty (or approaching it) if you get this.
Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
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
childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we
our bikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a
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
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.
phones. 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
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
learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank
soda. 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, 999
channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular
phones, Personal Computers, or internet chat rooms, we had friends. We
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
imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there
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
were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did
worms live inside us forever.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as smart
others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same
(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 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.
Please pass this on to others that have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good?