Note this Note 
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    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 30's, 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.
We had no childproof lids or locks 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 street lights came on. No one was able to reach us
all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape 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.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were
told it would happen , we did not put out any eyes.

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.
The idea of  parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school
or broke a law was unheard of.  They actually sided with the school or
the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers, and inventors, ever.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility ---  and we
learned how to deal with it.

And you're one of them!

Congratulations.


 

     

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