This probably doesn’t apply to you, young as you are,
According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those
of us who were kids in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’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
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
pre-packaged 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 hurt.
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 them.
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
Our generations 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.
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.”