Is This You?


According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids
in the 40's, 50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have
Our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint.
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 seatbelts 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.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it,
but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing
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 then rode 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.
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 rooms.
We had friends!
We went outside and found them.
We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
We fell out of 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 accidents?
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get
over it.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms, and although we
were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms
live inside us forever.
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 them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to
learn to deal with disappointment.
Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held
back to repeat the same grade.
Tests were not adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own.
Consequences were expected.
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 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're one of them!
Please share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before
lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good !!!!!




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