by JEFFREY McMURRAY
The Good Old Days Cheating a little today and sharing some email that brought a smile to my face. I think it will bring one to yours, also, so, enjoy! "Congratulations! To all the kids born in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s! They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, their baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. They had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when they rode their bikes, they had no helmets, not to mention, the risks they took hitchhiking. As children, they rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Their doctors and dentists never wore latax gloves. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat to them. They drank water from a pump or the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. They shared one soft drink with four friends - from one bottle - and NO ONE actually died from this. They ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but weren't overweight because......They were always outside playing!! They would leave home in the morning and play all day, and as long as they were back when the streetlights came on or before dark, no one panicked. No one was able to reach them all day long - and they were okay. They would spend hours building soap box cars or go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out they had forgotten the brakes. After running into the bushes or a ditch a few times, they learned to solve that problem. They 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 personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms, BUT, they had friends! AND, they went outside and found them! They fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in them forever. They were given BB guns for their 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although they were told it would happen, they did not put out very many eyes. They 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 them out if they broke the law was unheard of - plus, their parents actually sided with the law! These generations have 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. Those of us from these generations have had freedom, failures, successes and responsibilities, and through it all, we have learned how to deal with it all! Congrats to all of us! Now, show this to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were!"
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