Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Congratulations to all the kids who were born in the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

I got this in an email, I thought I'd share it.

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots 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 van - loose - was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank 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 text messaging, 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 played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

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

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams 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 good, and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!


tony said...

I was born in 1952.A lot of what you say is worth remembering.But I'm not sure how useful these memories are today?
The Past is not always roses.The names
Pauline Reade
John Kilbride
Keith Bennett
Lesley Ann Downey
Edward Evans

spring to mind.............

Djelibaybi said...

It’s called evolution. Mr. Norton is obviously immune to it.

This email is utter garbage.

There is a reason most of these things don’t happen anymore, some because there was a lack of education to the contrary, some because the environment changed and we were forced to adapt, and some because they were just plain stupid.

Not to mention, the author of this is basically calling anyone who was born after 1980 a pussy. Good one, at least we know how to move on, rather than sit down and write an email about how amazing we think we are because we were limited to playing with frogs for most of our lives.

Funny thing is, the dude who wrote it, sat down at his COMPUTER, and used the INTERNET to have a gloat about how good it was before computers and the internet. Yep, there’s a real intellectual marvel.

I think I would prefer my televisions, mobile phones, internet porn and late night shopping over any of this shit. Maybe Norton should go and live in a tree, he sounds like someone who won’t be missed. Failing that, he could go back to drinking radioactive milk, either would have the same desirable effect.