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Old 05-14-2003, 02:03 PM   #1
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Theoretically, those of us over 20 shouldn't be alive!

Don't know if this was ever posted before, but thought it was good enough to post again....

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those
of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. And we chewed on them.

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 treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
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 streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable! We did not have Playstation, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, videotape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, 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, and all it took was an "I'm Sorry" to make it all better.

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, 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 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'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
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Re: Theoretically, those of us over 20 shouldn't be alive!

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Originally posted by Mrs. Edge

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

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it's all so true. those were the greatest days.
you just made me feel very nostalgic.
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that is scary, i should be dead
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Originally posted by bonosgirl84
it's all so true. those were the greatest days.
you just made me feel very nostalgic.
same here!!
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well said!
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Re: Theoretically, those of us over 20 shouldn't be alive!

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Originally posted by Mrs. Edge



Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
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 streetlights came on.


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, and all it took was an "I'm Sorry" to make it all better.

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.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, no one to hide behind.

guilty of all of the above!

[q]The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that![/q]

my mother actually told me this as i was leaving for Panama City Beach for Spring Break in 1993 "iris, if you get busted for underage drinking, i do not want a phone call from jail asking your father and i to bail you out. you are going to sit in there as long as possible and think about how stupid your actions were!"
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well said!
I'll say!!
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Quote:
Originally posted by bonosgirl84
it's all so true. those were the greatest days.
you just made me feel very nostalgic.

same here
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Old 05-15-2003, 02:41 AM   #14
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Am I that old!
It all still sounds so logical to me.

Indeed feeling very nostalgic...

C ya!

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Old 05-15-2003, 09:09 AM   #15
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