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It's Amazing We Made It

Can't believe we made it. We even got spanked.
If you lived as a child in the 50's, 60's, 70's, or 80's, 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 special treat. We
had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or 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. 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 dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got
cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits
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 ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank
soda but we were never overweight......... we were always outside
playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle
and no one died from this.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, 99 channels on
cable,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 or 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. 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!

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
how to deal with it all. 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.
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