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Jay Leno read this on tv...........

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
> were pregnant.
> They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get
> tested for diabetes.
>
> Then after that trauma, 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 and drank koolade made with
> sugar, 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
> 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's,
> no cell phones, 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 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 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. Imagine that!!
>
> The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
>
> They actually sided with the law!
>
> These generations have 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!
>
> If 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 so much of our lives
>
> for our own good.
>
> And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave
> (and lucky) their parents were.
>
>
>
>
> Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
>
> The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
>
> "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
> severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and
> with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is a
> good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
sure does make you think, thanks bummer!
ahhhhhhhhhhhh the good ol days
I love this, it is so true and brings back so many memories...The kids today are experiencing weight concerns. I weighed about 65lbs when I was in the 4th grade and Alexia weighs much more. She weighs more than I did when I got married at 17 years old. She is not fat, but all the kids are larger today than we were as children. I believe the problem is stated above in the story. They are not safe to play outside alone so we give them things to occupy their time in the house. They do not run to parks or ride a bic around the block, it just isn't safe anymore. Then of course both parents work and the kids eat out more than they eat at home as a result. This is all big changes. And the schools serve dominio's pizza versus that awlful food that we all got to eat.... I use to hide in the bathroom to avoid eating that awlful stuff, but I was a picky eater.... memories..lots of memories.....love Red