For all of us who grew up between the 40\'s and 70\'s My dad sent me this and I thought it was pretty true. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif > I Can't Believe We Made It > > I can't believe you made it if you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, > 60's or 70's. > > Looking back, it's hard to believe that we've lived as long as we have... > > As children, we'd 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'd spend hours building our go-cart 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'd 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. 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 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 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 didn't 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 rang the bell or just walked in and 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'd happen, we didn't 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 weren't 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. > > Hope you enjoyed it.