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Perspective on growing up!


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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN 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 carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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 children, we would ride in cars with no 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 soda pop with sugar in it, 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 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 played with 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 yelled for 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!

This generation has 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!

We had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
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i was born in 82...(heheheh i can see wannabe cringe on his walker saying that) but i was allowed to do or did all of those things as a child (except the lead paint)....and i turned out....well you all know how i turned out...but surely it wasn't my parent's fault right?...
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Sorry Monkey ... it should have read:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !! AND DSENETTE THE LOVEABLE MONKEY!


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But seriously ... I'm not suggesting 'everyone' lived this type of existence ... just as those born in the 80s and 90s aren't all fat couch potatoes playing consoles or watching TV. After living on a farm for most of my childhood we moved into town before finally settling in the city (Sydney) and in the town our neighbour who was an only child of an obsessively clean woman (and very nice lady, sort of) would arrive home from school around 3.30 pm. He had to change out of his school clothes into his playing clothes, put everything in his room away, have afternoon tea and could come out to play at 3.45 and wasn't allowed to get his clothes dirty! (boy did we have some fun with that). At 4.30 his Mum would call him in for his bath and at 5.00 (on the dot) he would emerge again all clean and in another set of clean clothes and could play and definitely not get dirty, so was only allowed to play in his own yard, until he was called in at 6.00 for dinner. This happened EVERY weekday for the three years we lived there. They never went anywhere, never did anything and never had people over. I hate the think what they must have thought of us (myself and 5 siblings) and the mayhem we got up to. His mum was just like June Cleaver only not quite as happy and friendly.
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that kid's a serial killer now...i guarantee it
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Either that or he's very, very clean!
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