posted on Feb, 26 2008 @ 01:20 PM
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1920's, 30'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 and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese,
tuna from a can, and didn't get tested
for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby
cots and toys 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 or
shoes, not to mention the risks some of
us took hitchhiking .
As children, we would ride in cars
with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a
truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden
hose and NOT from a bottle.
Take-away food was limited to fish and chips,
no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC or Burger King
Even though all the shops closed at
6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends,
somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four
friends, from one bottle and NO
ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash
them in at the corner shop and buy Spangles and stink bombs.
We ate cakes, white bread and
real butter and drank soft drinks
with sugar in it, but we weren't
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. We built tree
houses and dens and played
in gutters with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes,
no video-games at all, no 99 channels on cable or Sky, no
video tape or DVD movies, no surround sound, no
mobile 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 ..
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt,
and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross
Buns at Easter time.......no really!
We were given BB guns and sling
shots for our 10th birthdays,
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn't have to go to work to help Dad make ends meet!
Our teachers used to hit us with canes,rulers and leather straps and bullies always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
Our parents got married before they had children
and didn't invent stupid names for their kids like
'Kiora' and 'Blade'....
This generation has produced some of the best
risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 70 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!