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James T Thomas
August 12, 2006, 02:45 PM
May I quote a thought provoking message that I received from a friend this morning? I am not the author and I do not know who is, but it is good.

"Congratulations to all the kids who were born in the thirties, fourties, fifties, sixties, and seventies!

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, white bread and with real butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it.

We were always outside playing.

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 OK!

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 our 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 tenth 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 yelled for them.

Little League had tryouts and not every one made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with the 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 fifty years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility,and we learned to deal with it all.

You may 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.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

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qlajlu
August 12, 2006, 03:17 PM
I got that same e-mail. It is the truth and nostalgic. I grew up in that time period. My best friend was my Ben Franklin pump-up pellet gun and it was the same for all my buddies. Lots of sparrows met their maker when they landed in trees in my yard or near where I was prowling. A special prize was the red-headed sparrows.

That pellet gun taught me a lot about Kentucky Windage since the sights were not worth a pound of powdered owl pucky.

I also carried a pocket knife as did every boy in my elementary, middle, and high school. No one died. No Columbine! Ain't that strange? :cool:

trickyasafox
August 12, 2006, 06:35 PM
i'm 22 years old, and there were a lot of kids i went to school with who shouldn't have had access to butter knives at recess. values were different then too and i'll go out and say that in many ways the generations before mine were more responsible. in some ways maybe they weren't but when it came to some of the things mentioned in that article you guys had us beat.

FrogClan
August 12, 2006, 06:49 PM
Before we break our arms patting ourselves on the back, let's pause to consider that some of the people born in the thirties, fourties, fifties, sixties, and seventies are responsible for making the world the way it is today, and for raising this generation of kids and young adults.

I think the "where" is as important as the "when." I was raised in a rural setting in the US southeast. My idea of what passed for norm in my generation will be very different from the views of somebody who was raised in San Francisco, or NYC, or even the big city of Raleigh, NC, during the same period.

qlajlu
August 12, 2006, 07:04 PM
My idea of what passed for norm in my generation will be very different from the views of somebody who was raised in San Francisco, or NYC, or even the big city of Raleigh, NC, during the same period.
That is absolutely true, without argument. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. History will tell as you have so poignantly pointed out.

MAURICE
August 12, 2006, 08:10 PM
Forgive me if this sounds a little harsh, but I believe that a lot of our problems today come from hippies burned out on drugs having children.

My .02
And my parents weren't hippies.

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