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Boy, Weren't We Risk Takers
We licked the beaters and didn't have anyone telling us we were going
to become deathly ill from eating batter with raw eggs in it!
At Easter time, we had our dyed Easter eggs in a nest on the counter
and they sat out at room temperature for the week after Easter. We
would peel one whenever we felt like it. I Can't Believe We Made It"!
If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's. Looking back,
it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have... 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
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, cabinets, and
when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention hitchhiking
to town as a young kid!
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.
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 streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us
all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.
We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got
cut, broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from
these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us.
We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and
learned to get over it.
We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda, but we were
rarely overweight ... we were always outside playing games, we shared
grape soda with four friends, from one bottle, and no one died from
this. 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, Internet chat rooms
... we had friends. We went outside and found them.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or
rung the bell and just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a
thing. Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold,
cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do 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.
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 .... Horrors. Tests were not
adjusted for any reason.
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide
behind. 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, problem
solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has 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.
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