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take a trip down memory
Where you a child in the
50's, 60's or 70's?
Looking back, it's hard to believe that we
have lived as long as we have...
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.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright
colored 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 hitchhiking to town as a
We drank water from the garden hose and
not from a bottle. Horrors.
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 streetlights came on. No one
was able to reach us all day.
No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball
and sometimes the ball would really hurt.
We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth,
and there were no law suits 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 ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank
sugar soda but we were never overweight...
we were always outside playing. We shared
one grape soda with four friends,
from one bottle and no one died from this.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64,
X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable,
video tape movies, surround sound, personal
cell phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends.
We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home
and knocked on the door, or rung the bell
or just walked in and talked to them.
Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent!
By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How
did we do 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.
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.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted
for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were
expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if
we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine
This generation has produced some of the
best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years
has 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.
~ Author Unknown ~
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