This comes from one of those chain email things that I normally hate but this one’s not bad:
To the survivors:
According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who
were kids in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s probably shouldn’t have
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 the risks we
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
Horrors! 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 were never overweight because we were always outside
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 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 did not have Playstations, 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 fell out of trees, got cut and 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 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.
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!