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Old 03-07-2005, 12:53 PM   #1
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The America I miss.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the


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 with no 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 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 chat
rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and 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 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. 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!


-You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own
good.
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Old 03-07-2005, 01:15 PM   #2
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thats one of the best things ive read in some time.

as a nearly 20 year old, and a non-american i cant really say i relate to some of it. but the rest, i understand. we are the victims of our own success. we invented all these great devices, built the best houses, only to shut the world outside. we no longer go to picnics or sing around camp fires. we dont have old friends who come knocking every once in a while. some of the most essential things that made us human have been swept away from us. as someone who sort of represents the generation that grew up PCs, internet in a multimedia world, i sometimes wonder how the world ever existed without them.

we are all shut away in our own worlds, our suburban houses, maybe with a nice pool or a tennis court in the backyard. we are victims of our own 'success'. we are created our own needs and now we feel unsatisfied when they are unfulfilled.

love, sex, hope, pain, joy.. none of them has ever been this cheap before.

these days, we are one with the world. but we have never been this alone.
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Old 03-07-2005, 02:01 PM   #3
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Good read Diamond.

thanks for that!
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eh.

nostalgia is overrated.

but, yeah, kids do need to get outside more.
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Old 03-07-2005, 03:09 PM   #5
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Most Americans would differ with you Irvine.

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Doozer and I had a conversation about this not too long ago...we watch our nieces and nephews raising their own kids in a protective bubble and its kind of sad. They can't get dirty, they can't be around other kids if there's a hint of a sniffle, they stay inside all day when they aren't at school, etc. They don't know how to deal with conflict or hurt feelings because they are so insulated from real life...they don't even keep score in team sports until a certain age because someone's feelings will get hurt

We talked about our childhoods in the 70's and how much freedom we had. I know a lot of things have changed for the better (seatbelts, no lead paint) but I do think that technology has taken away a big part of childhood for some kids. Why go outside and play when there are computers, video games, DVD players and cell phones?

We rode bikes, they play video games...we played tag until the street lights came on, they can't leave the front yard without an adult. Childhood is very different these days.
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I never ate worms.
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Most Americans would differ with you Irvine.
Except that every generation goes through this. My grandmother even lamented how things had changed from when she was a kid (1920s-30s) to her then-"present" (1950s-60s).

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When I have kids, they are going outside. I'll make sure they'll hardly know what a TV or computer is.
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Except there was no epidemic of obesity between our grandparents time and ours. Nowadays kids are having serious problems because they are driven everywhere and they sit on their asses all day. Which probably also accounts for all the adult on set diabetes as well.
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I never ate worms.
ms joyful-
would u like to try a few?
i will bring some to SD if u wish

just lemme know what your favorite spice is to we can sauce it up for you Love.

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I miss the America of peace and prosperity.
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My sister's kids watch a lot of TV and play a lot of video games. They also take karate, swimming, ballet and play soccer, badminton, and they skate, bike and read. All I had when I was a kid was the outdoors and 3 TV channels and I was bored to death. My sister's kids have it a lot better than I did and I am not nostalgic about the so-called good-old-days of my childhood in the 60's. Not one bit.
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Doozer and I had a conversation about this not too long ago...we watch our nieces and nephews raising their own kids in a protective bubble and its kind of sad. They can't get dirty, they can't be around other kids if there's a hint of a sniffle, they stay inside all day when they aren't at school, etc. They don't know how to deal with conflict or hurt feelings because they are so insulated from real life...they don't even keep score in team sports until a certain age because someone's feelings will get hurt

We talked about our childhoods in the 70's and how much freedom we had. I know a lot of things have changed for the better (seatbelts, no lead paint) but I do think that technology has taken away a big part of childhood for some kids. Why go outside and play when there are computers, video games, DVD players and cell phones?

We rode bikes, they play video games...we played tag until the street lights came on, they can't leave the front yard without an adult. Childhood is very different these days.
I watched a special on tv a month or so back and it was about the "Now Generation". Interesting studies were done. Psychologist interviewed on the program stated that the children in this "now generation" are the most over protected children in history. They also interviewed a CEO of a Fortune 500 company and he said that kids who are now entering the work force are having a hard time adjusting to corporate life because they are not getting the constant praise that they were used to. He said some of the younger staff assume they should be praised for just showing up to work.

It was an interesting program. They interviewed high school students and asked them questions about how many trophies they have and who all had them. All the kids raised their hands *there were about 30 kids on the panel*. The interviewer asked them how they earned them and most of them said they received the trophies for just joining a club, sports team, etc. and that is how it has been since they younger.
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i think they should ban T-Ball too.

if u strike out, take your lumps, this too shall pass, you will recover from it and have another chance at bat.

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