TO ALL THE
First, we survived being
born to mothers who smoked and/or drank
They took aspirin, ate
blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested
Then after that trauma,
our baby cribs
covered with bright
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
we would ride in cars without seat belts or
Riding in the back of a
pick up on a warm day .
was always a special treat
water from the garden hose
and NOT from a water bottle.
We shared one soft drink
with four friends, from one bottle,
and NO ONE actually died from this.
ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank
soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
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. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the
did not have Playstations, Nintendo's,
no video games at all, no 99 channels on
no video tape movies, no surround sound, no
no personal computers,no Internet or
we went outside
and found them!
fell out of trees, got cut,
broke bones and teeth
and there were no lawsuits from these
We made up games with
sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and
although we were told it would
we did not put out very many eyes,
nor did the worms live in us
bikes or walked to a friend's house
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
The idea of a parent
bailing us out if we broke the law was
unheard of. They actually sided with the
This generation has
some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have
been an explosion of innovation and new
We had freedom, failure,
success and responsibility, and we learned
WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
I just want to share this
with others who have had the luck to grow up
as kids, before the government regulated our
lives for our own good.
SPECIAL POEM FOR OLDER FOLKS
A row of bottles on my shelf
Caused me to analyze myself.
One yellow pill I have to pop
Goes to my heart so it won't stop.
A little white one that I take
Goes to my hands so they won't shake.
The blue ones that I use a lot
Tell me I'm happy when I'm not.
The purple pill goes to my brain
And tells me that I have no pain.
The capsules tell me not to wheeze
Or cough or choke or even sneeze.
The red ones, smallest of them all
Go to my blood so I won't fall.
The orange ones, very big and bright
Prevent my leg cramps in the night.
Such an array of brilliant pills
Helping to cure all kinds of ills.
But what I'd really like to know...........
Is what tells each one where to go!
There's always a lot to be thankful for if
you take time to look for it. For example
I am sitting here thinking how nice it is
that wrinkles don't hurt...
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