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Somehow We Survived

Somehow We Survived Well, you are over thirty-five if you get this. You lived
as a child in the 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back, it's hard to believe that we
have lived as long as we have.................

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. 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 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 played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would
really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no law
suits 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 did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99
channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cellular 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 rung 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 would happen, we did not 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 game 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 seen 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.


Please pass this on to others that have had the luck to grow up as kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good?

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