TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s:
First, we survived being born to mothers who took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our stomachs in baby cribs covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles or locks on doors or cabinets.
As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck 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, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
And we weren't overweight.
Because we were always outside playing...that's why!
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 OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them 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:
Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes, video games, 150 channels on cable, video movies, DVDs, surround-sound, CDs, MP3s, Blackberries, IPhones, cell phones, personal computers, Internet and 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 those accidents. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen…
NOBODY LOST AN EYE!
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell,
or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.
The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas..
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of those born between 1925 and 1970, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
It kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?