Facts from the Past  

rm_autumngirl61 55F
539 posts
6/20/2006 7:57 pm

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8/5/2006 6:49 am

Facts from the Past

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 carried us.

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

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs 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

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, white bread and real 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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many 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!

Little 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 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??

Extramist 58M
14133 posts
6/20/2006 9:46 pm

And they say these are the best of times. Just shows what they know. The good old days were really good! And I am going to run around the house with scissors again--already done it once today.

AKA The Clit Whisperer.

rm_imtheone42 74M
485 posts
7/2/2006 1:07 pm

I read an article the other day that basically said that kids who played in the dirt, were around animals and were generally in less sanitary conditions have better immune systems than kids who grew up in more antiseptic conditions. I beleive that`s true. Kids who are allowed to be kids turn out to be healthier both physically and mentally.

vengeur 40M
836 posts
8/4/2006 2:35 am

What changed all of these things listed above was the mentality of the 60's "hippie" generation - the "me" generation.

They are the ones who ushered in the nanny-state idealism, one that holds that we all need to be saved from ourselves.

They are the ones who fostered the belief that we all must be "equal" under every circumstance and that everything in life must be fair, even when common sense tells us that many things in life are clearly not.

They are the ones who first told us that cops are pigs, and that the crooks are just people who are struggling against an oppressor known as "The Man", in order to get by in life.

Not only did this mentality show its effects in later times, it even showed its consequences back in those times, too. This was clearly evidenced by the Manson family murders, which occurred in August of 1969.

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