CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

Talislan

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Got this on my e-mither and thought i'd share:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1940'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 tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured 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 van - loose - was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hosepipe 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank 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.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any 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!

Local teams 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!

And 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 our lives for our own good.

and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

PS -The BIG type is because your eyes are shot at your age!
 

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Talislan

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Piratecat said:
Talislan, please don't repeat email spam here on the site. Thanks.

My apologies. Didn't recieve it as spam and thought it would be ok as an off topic reminiscence.

won't happen again.
 


Tolen Mar

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Either way, I loved it. My ten year old son won't believe we grew up that way.

The poor kid. My wife insists on the helmet...
 

Talislan said:
Got this on my e-mither and thought i'd share:

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun.

I'm really trying to just let this go, but I can't.

I was fitted for my first suit at age 10. My 3 year old cousin was riding in a van (no seatbelt) when a car ran a red light and they hit it head on. He snapped the head-rest off the passenger seat, and got tossed all around. Multiple skull factures, broken ribs, limbs, internal bleeding, hemoraging. Not a nice seen.

I spent 6 months expecting to hear "The funeral is this Saturday". He was comatose for 6 months & doctors either expected him to die or be a vegetable. He went home 9 months later. He still has health & mental problems. But he can walk. Which is better than a lot of people in that situation do.

Speaking of which, I have another cousing whose Mom smoked & drank. He was born with a hole in his spine & lot of birth defects. Confined to a wheel chair & legally blind. Smart though. Graduated college a few years ago.

As part of that, I have an Aunt & Uncle who take in Foster kids of mothers who drank while pregnant. Some of these kids..... I'll just say, they didn't deserve what they're going through.


I know you were just poking fun. But as someones whose had to live though several of these preventable tragedies, I can't see the humor in it.

Of just type "thalidomide" into google & see what pops up.
 

Steve Jung

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Well, duh. You can't get comments from the people who didn't survive all those things. Why not congratulate your earlier ancestors, who made do without antibiotics, anesthesia, and refrigeration?
 

Galethorn

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Or further back--10,000 years, give or take--for the ancestors who did just fine without metal.

For that matter, why not go back twenty million years, and congratulate the ones who hadn't evolved thumbs yet, and still had tails?

Or about 550 million years to the ones who only had a single cell each.

"Back in my day, we just had one cell, and it did everything! We didn't have your fancy digestive tract! We just engulfed our food, and we loved it!"
 

Lord Zardoz

Explorer
How I would have responded?

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

Your now OLD! Oh so very old!

END COMMUNICATION
 

Grog

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Steve Jung said:
Well, duh. You can't get comments from the people who didn't survive all those things. Why not congratulate your earlier ancestors, who made do without antibiotics, anesthesia, and refrigeration?
Right. Obviously we don't need any of those things, either.
 

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