posted on Jan, 3 2003 @ 04:10 PM
Can't Believe You Made It? If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's or
70's, hooray for us! 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 young kid!) 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 dodge ball 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 just 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 that! 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. Congratulations! Please pass this on to
others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and
government regulated our lives, for our own good.