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May. 4th, 2003 | 11:18 am


I Can't Believe We Made It

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or even the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

We had no childproof lids or locks 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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors!

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends , from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

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 street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

We had friends! We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

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 same grade.

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the school or the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers, and inventors, ever.

We had freedom, failure, success, and
responsibility --- and we learned how to deal with it.
And you're one of them!

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

Yeah, I know.. like 90% of the people on LJ wouldn't get this post.. but, I KNOW that there are a few of you who can read this and say... ya know... that is SO true! The majority of ya have grown up surrounded by all this silliness!!

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from: ex_un_popula347
date: May. 4th, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)

We had bikes with no brakes. And the only reason we knew they had no brakes was because we would peddle as fast as we could, in the direction of a wooden fence, and try to stop right before we hit the fence. We ended up stopping right when we hit the fence.

Kida these days are so protected, it's sickening. They can't go outside without a jock strap and a friggen helmet on.


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from: likeadream
date: May. 4th, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)

some of these related to my childhood, though a lot were before my time though.

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Steven Labrousse

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from: bruiser2
date: May. 4th, 2003 12:50 pm (UTC)

I was born in 1984. I guess I was at the start of this crap. But since my folks were children of the '50s, and I was the youngest of five, they were kind of jaded to all this. Still sad though.

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from: amylee1178
date: May. 4th, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC)

Here here!

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Kimberly Ann

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from: kimberlyann13
date: May. 4th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)

Dude, when I was little little it was like that...I want it back that way!

The world has changed WAY too much.

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from: rainaraina
date: May. 4th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)

i think all the lead licking babies wound up on jerry springer
but the car thing was never a good idea. i had a horrible accident falling out of a car from wearing no seatbelts. i also have two friends that died from riding in the back of trucks when their drivers hit Bumps. it hurts my brain when i see people riding back there.

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from: irisira03
date: May. 4th, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)

I was at the tail end of all of it -
(early 80s)
JUST forced to do the helmet thing (barely), we had (8-bit) Nintendo, and everyone *did* make the little league team (but I stopped at age ten when it stopped being fun and started being too competitive).

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from: mattsbrat
date: Jul. 27th, 2003 06:42 am (UTC)

ah, those were the days. Such a happy, happy time.

"Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected."

Reminds me of my latest beef. How kids these days are just so sensitive. Why? They're slapping "safety" type crap on everything.

The one that sticks out the most for me: Playgrounds.
I remember, when they were made of metal & wood. Kids fall down, Kids hurt themselves, kids get better.

Now, they're all 'safe'. Made of plastic (that seems to conduct more heat than the old metal made ones...odd) So now, these kids get a tiny little scratch and completely freak out.

It's just sad.
I won't even get started on the new "ouchie" medicines they're coming out with. Like, that foam that is better than using peroxide. I love that shit. I almost used to get cut on purpose just so i could watch it bubble up.

k, done rambling. ;)
i am going to copy this & put it in my journal, if you don't mind. :)

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