Just a matter of opinion

Not sure where this originally came from or who actually said it but i wanted to share it…..

To all of us who survived 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 were pregnant.

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

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs 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 too hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, 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 Kool-aid made with sugar, 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 street lights 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, XBox’s, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, and no Internet or 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 ate 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 poke out very many eyes.

We rode bikes and walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to 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 bailling us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 some odd years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success, and respoonsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If 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 so much of our lives for “our own good”.

Kind of makes you wnat to run through the house with scissors, don’t it?

What ever happened to the days like this? when did everything change? when did we become nothing but a bunch of wimps and whiners? will we ever go back to days like this?

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2 Responses to “Just a matter of opinion”

  1. zengoddessjen Says:

    I’ve always loved this one… thanks for sharing

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