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#44305 - 10 Feb 07 02:12 Wimp Generation!
riccardo Offline
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Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
Here's an interesting little thing on modern generations vs. past generations of kids sent to me by a friend. Can you imagine the horror our kids would have to endure without HPs and chatrooms??

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE

1940's, 50's, 60's and (early)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 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 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 (on HPs). And we were OKAY!

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,let your kids read this so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
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#44310 - 10 Feb 07 02:33 Re: Wimp Generation! [Re: riccardo]
doremi Offline
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Registered: 17 Jan 07
Posts: 488
Loc: slouch couch
Ricc,

Along the same story, heard that sugary snacks are going to ban (sp) in the US. Big brothers are everywhere watching every move

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#44581 - 11 Feb 07 07:11 Re: Wimp Generation! [Re: doremi]
riccardo Offline
Pujangga

Registered: 12 Oct 05
Posts: 2195
Loc: Jakarta
It's really odd, actually, because I totally grew up that way as described in the original post, and it seemed like it was describing my childhood to a tee.

However, with my own baby, I'm now very aware of the toxins in foods, the danger of too much sun etc, etc, and we only give her raw foods, steamed and pureed. We won't even use that Gerber shite. As far as going out on her own without contact... never!


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