TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED

the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's,
70's, 80' !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma,
our baby cribs
were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

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 without seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day
was always a special treat
.

We drank 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.


We ate cupcakes, bread and butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because


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. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes,
no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable,
no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones,
no personal computers,no Internet or Internet chatrooms..


WE HAD FRIENDS
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.


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 in us forever.

We rode 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 disappointment.
Imagine that!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced
some of the best risk-takers,
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 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...

   In the good old days

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