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According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of

us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the

early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

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 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 pickup truck on a warm day

was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

Horrors! 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. No cell phones.


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 cellphones, 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


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


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

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! Congratulations.
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Born in '69, thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Never failed a grade, but failed a test, ate worms, walked in my friends house without knocking and they did the same at my house. What we did knock was each other out a couple of times, well not completely out. Still walk around with both eyes, but my cousin did lose an eye by putting a stick in it by himself. Broke bones falling out of trees in my neighbors yard and crashing my bike.

My friend ran over my knee going about 25 miles per hour down a hill on a steel runner sled and ripped up my knee. Group of about 6 friends got in a rock fight and the kid that cut my forehead open took me to his house to call an ambulance. His father's shirt got covered in my blood caused by the rock thrown by his son that he was supposed to be responsible for and we bought the father a new shirt instead of suing. Went fishing with the kid two days later.

I really enjoy playing Xbox every now and then, but would love to throw my cell phone out the window while traveling 100 mph down the turnpike when my signal drops. That's FUN!

Great to be ONE.
Born in '64, dittos on the stroll. Rode my bike everywhere until I could drive. Even rode it into parked car once and dented the fender. I owned up (because that's what we were supposed to do) and went to the door and told the man. My dad paid for the repair, and I had to work it off with dad. I was more afraid of what my parents would do to me than the police. Only had to worry about grades if I made lower than "B", 'cause that was failing in my parent's eyes. No need for a cell phone or pager, because I knew what time I was to be home, or else. (again the parent's rules) When the day turned to night, we pulled out our flashlights and played spotlight until bedtime. To turn the channel on the TV, I actually had to get up and TURN a dial. Didn't take long to search channels, because there were only 4 or 5. I remember B/W TV, and when we got our first color one. I made some teams, didn't make others. That was life and you moved on. I also remember that you got to play according to how good you were. Sometimes you sat on the bench the whole season just waiting for the chance. Didn't complain, was just happy to make the team. Learned that there was right and wrong, good and evil. There was (and still is) nothing in-between. Also learned to say Yes Sir/Mam...No Sir/Mam, and still do. Took many a risk, solved many a problem, and the only thing I can actully claim as my own invention are my three kids. My only wish is that I am a good enough parent to teach them half the things my parents taught me. I figure they need to learn the other half on their own like I(we) did!
Born in 1964 too... If anyone should have died it should have been me! I'm sure that building a jump for our bikes on the bottom of a hill would kill kids today...Running through the woods at 10 with my friends, the only surfing I did was on a skateboard, Interwhat? Computer? Nobody could afford a computer, besides, you need another house to put it in. Don't get me started on TV...The only cartoons we ever watched were on Saturday Morning, no Nick, Cartoon Network, etc...No need for a V-Chip in the tv because there are partialy or fully naked people on at prime time... There are things from our childhood that we did that we wouldn't DREAM of letting our kids do today....Things that they do that we freak out about all the while knowing it is tame compared to what we did. Yet there is so much greater trouble for them to get in.
I can be greatful that my daughter looks forward to spending time with me, she looks forward to going to church, she loves the Lord, she is respectful (yet still has a sneaky and bratty side) Smile.

We can only hope and pray that we teach our children as well as our parents taught us because if the direction things in the world are going keeps up, it is scary to think of our kids looking back and thinking that what went on in there childhood was tame...

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