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Topic: OT - Back In The Day.

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    Senior Member Styxx's Avatar
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    West Seneca, NY

    OT - Back In The Day.

    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's &
    early 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
    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
    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 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
    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 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. 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
    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

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    Re: OT - Back In The Day.

    hehe, well put. I am amused and saddened (mostly the latter) when I see that today's children are raised as though they were... born stupid...!!

    Even a small child is more resilient than is frequently acknowledged... Protection is good and necessary. Over protection is smothering...

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    Styxx, you're so right! One way to learn is through doing stupid things and taking risks. If you do something and hurt yourself, you know to either not do it again, or to do a better job the next time. I'm not sure how this generation of kids will turn out, I hope that they turn out ok...they need to come out from under their parents wings, do things OUTSIDE and take some risks! When I see the little kids riding their bikes out in the street, they remind me of the Michelin Man...padding everywhere...I didn't have any pads or a helmet when I rode my bike and I survived plus I have a few really cool scars to prove it! It makes me sad to think about it sometimes, because they are missing out on a lot of the best things in life...well, enough venting from me

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    Re: OT - Back In The Day.

    Yes! But are we happy?



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    Senior Member newmewzikboy's Avatar
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    San Francisco Bay Area

    Re: OT - Back In The Day.

    I can't remember the 70's much. Ummm...damn...its that what happened?

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    Re: OT - Back In The Day.

    Quote Originally Posted by newmewzikboy
    I can't remember the 70's much. Ummm...damn...its that what happened?
    You're lucky, I can remember the 40s, but can't remember what I had for breakfast. No wait I didn't have any breakfast. Or...??? Maybe that's why I just keep eating all the time.


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    Re: OT - Back In The Day.

    I always thought there wouldn't be so many kids allergic to everything if they each had ingested at least half a pound of dirt in their lifetimes - nothing better for the immune system!

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