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Cute email forward!!

erykah1310
May 30th, 2006, 11:28 PM
I got this in my emails and figured a few of the members would enjoy reading it!!!



TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!


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 real butter and drank soda pop with sugar
in it, but
we weren't overweight because

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 O.K.

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 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 10th 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 everyone made the team. Those who didn't
had to learn to deal with 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 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 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 lawyers and 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?!

Skryker
May 31st, 2006, 11:55 AM
All so very true! My 13 year old can't believe the stuff her father and used to do-and we survived...my mother made us all get tetnus boosters at the beginning of summer just to save time, but it didn't kill us, and we learned to look out for things that cut or puncture. We also learned not to panic when it DID happen, just head home for first aid (with whatever field dressing we could come up with).

I really wish kids could be kids, not mini-adults by 10 years old.

Frenchy
May 31st, 2006, 12:36 PM
Love that list,I always felt lucky to have been born in 1970.

erykah1310
May 31st, 2006, 01:03 PM
Altough i was born in exactly in 1980, my dad is an old fashioned farm boy and my mom STRAIGHT city!!! LOL
My dad encouraged me to be a kid, I wasnt allowed on my Nintendo unless it was raining and my homework was done. Never really had a kerfew ( street light rule)
Although iam an only child ( I am spoiled) I wasnt handed everything on a silver platter. If i wanted something I had to work for it. (Chores and so on) Thankfully people who i just meet dont have a clue that i am an only child ( you know how the attitude of some only children are)

I broke my wrist, tooth and nose in a pedal bike accident, my dad (after he was sure i was alright) laughed and said "Get used to pain like that, it may be your first and wont be your last"
Thanks Dad!!! LOL

jawert1
May 31st, 2006, 02:04 PM
My first tent camping experience was at age 4 in upstate NY and although we joke now that we were raised practically like wild wolves, I wouldn't change all the scrapes, stitches, broken bones, and amazing memories of sunsets on the sides of strange mountains for anything.

LibbyP
May 31st, 2006, 02:45 PM
I have to say I love the list erykah1310, My hubby and I were talking about the same thing with some of our friends just acouple weeks ago, and we were trying to figure out how we can raise our children like that. I have to laugh at this though my 4 yr old was helping her younger brother the other day when he fell, he was crying and carrying on like crazy she turned to him and said " Look it's your knee, far from your heart,right?" "Yup" I heard him say "Good you'll live ";) I wonder where she heard that? HEE HEE HEE

rainbow
May 31st, 2006, 03:08 PM
Aaah, the good old days.....I remember them well. :D They were the best. :thumbs up