ELDERLY 5

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
 
1930's 40's, 50's, 60's 70's and 80'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 coloured
 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.
 
 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank 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 OK
 
 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 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 !
 
 Football teams had trials 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 ?!
 
 PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age !

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