I Can't Believe We Made It
According to today's regulators and
bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably
shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright
colored lead-based paint.
We had no
childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles,
doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no
Not to mention the risks we took
As children, we would ride in cars with
no seat belts or air bags. 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. Horrors!
We ate cupcakes, bread & butter, and
drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never
overweight because we were always outside
We shared one soft drink with four
friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
We would spend hours building our
go-carts out of scraps and road 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 street lights
came on. No one was able to reach us all
day. No cell phones.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo
64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies,
surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat
We had friends! We went outside and
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the
ball would really hurt. We fell out of the trees, got cut and broke bones
and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these
accidents. They were accidents. No one was
to blame but us. Remember
We had fights and punched each other and
got black and blue and learned to get over
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would
happen, we did not put out any
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's
home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with
Some students weren't as smart as
others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same
Tests were not adjusted for any
Our actions were our own. Consequences
The idea of parents bailing us out if we
got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with
the school of the law. Imagine that!
This generation has produced some of the
best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors, ever.
We had freedom, failure, success, and
responsibility ---- and we learned how to deal with it.
And you're one of