I Can't Believe We Made It
> According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who
> were kids in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's probably shouldn't have
> Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. 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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a
> special treat.
> We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. 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.
> We did not have ###########s, ######## 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 ate worms, and
> although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many
> eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.
> 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. Tests
> were not adjusted for any reason.
> Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.
> The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
> They actually sided with the law. Imagine that.
> This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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're one of them. Congratulations!
> 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
> I'm Still alive and kicking.