TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
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
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 mad e up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms (only with some tomato sauce for me) 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!
Lttle 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!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
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
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.“
Perhaps we who visit this board survived, but much on that list should not be taken lightly or used for humor.
Luckily , if your mother drank while pregnant, you were not born with fetal alcohol syndrome, but unhappily, many children are.
Not being tesyted for diabetes while pregnant or eating or drinking, may have escaped us, but did not escape everyone. In many cases the parent or the child or both are not here to read this column because of it.
Perhaps you didn'y "mouth" the lead based paint on your crib, but children that did might have suffered enough that they may not even be able to read this column.
When my children were in highscholl a pickup truck full of kids turned over. Seven of them never died, the rest were seriously injured. Good idea? Something to make light of?
How many kids and adults lives have been saved with car seats and seat belts? By now hundreds of thousands. That we survived was pure luck.
I too was lucky enough to be brought up (after early childhood in the inner city) in a neighborhood where kids could safely roam without fear. If my grandchildren were sent outside unsupervised in today's world, I'd take custody away from my daughters.
Yes, I did all of those things and survived. With the grace of God I did. Belive me I get the point of the post , but at the same time I dispute it. Sure we have too many lawsuits and it would be better if kids could play like we did. Sure it might be better if we did not have to have big government telling us what is safe and what is not. But if that government watchdog pulls an unsafe toy off the market , gets kids out of the back of pickup trucks (that one hits home big time) straps a kid in a car seat, keeps a kid from dying or growing up with a preventable disease or from death or injury in a preventable accident is that bad? We survived, but others didn't.
The last 50 years have also come up with innovations to make us safer, live longer
and live healthier. All because we learned that some of our childhood actions (and those of our parents) were stupid, uneccessarily risky and somewhat irresponsible.
I now step down off my high horse. My homemade go cart is parked otside and there is a nice steep hill for me to ride down on the way to visiting my friends (you know, the kids that were cut from the little league team).
Thank you for the excellent response. I didn't even know where to start.
As an ER nurse I have shared many a tear with the families of those who were not so fortunate, and did not survive. Nothing is worse than saying goodbye to a child, especially when that child died because of someone else's stupid decision.
I am 58, with daughters of 27/30. Oldest is pregnant.
Back when I was pregnant in the mid/late 70s they didn't do ultrasound unless needed. Today it is routine. I even asked the Dr. about using sugar substitutes and diet drinks and this was ok. Today it is suggested/stongly preferred not unless diabetic. Coffee is now on the forbidden list. I always was a coffee drinker. We did not have/use anti-bacterial soap and cleaning agents, regular was fine (which is suggesed again today). And the list goes on and on.