First, some of us survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.  They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, fish 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 child proof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets. When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads.

As children, we would ride in car 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 or a faucet and NOT from a bottle.  We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. or contacted hepatitis.

We ate rice with margarine and drank soft drinks with sugar in them, but we weren’t overweight.

We were always outside playing. We’d  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 O.K. We would spend hours building our trolleys or slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, 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 PlayStation, Nintendo, X-box, 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 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. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words!

We’d play in the dirt , wash our hands a little and ate with our bare hands. We were not afraid of getting worms in our stomachs. We have to live with homemade guns. We made up games with sticks and cans.

 We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t,  had to learn to deal with disappointment. 

This generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and managers ever! The past 50 years have 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, our children,  are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

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