Yup, we should be dead

Dear Friends

Thought this might strike a chord or two!!

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

Best Wishes Willie

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