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How Did We Ever Survive as Kids?

April 11, 2009 — Quick Daily Hits - rbs

Born before 1980?

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s…

• After we were born, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs 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 infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, 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 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 ring us all day on our cellphones, 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 TV, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound, CD’s or Ipods! No personal computers, no Internet or 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke 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 walked in and talked to them!

• The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

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