Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Congratulations For Surviving

This was sent to me in an e-mail. Though it should include at least the earlier part of the eighties as well my friends and I often wonder whether our kids will have the same fun or experiences we have. It also makes us wonder what the next generation will be like when they come of age? Makes me miss the 4th of July when we were allowed to play with fire crackers and shot off air rifles.

TO ALL THE KIDS 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 carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs 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 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, bread and butter and drank soda 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 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 made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever.
We rode bikes or 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 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!

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

posted by Out Of Jersey | 6:35 AM


Blogger ninjanun said...

Yay! Let's all give ourselves a pat on the back 'cause we survived!

Okay, sorry to be sarcastic. I really do apologize. It's just that I personally know (and have heard stories, in addition) kids who didn't survive the very things mentioned in this post. Abductions, falling off cliffs while climbing, accidental poisonings and shootings,and I myself was born with a deformity, all because things weren't so regulated and kids weren't as supervised back in "the day."

It's amusing to compare ourselves to the generations that come after us and speculate that we had it so much better (or worse) and are therefore better off (smarter, stronger, more successful, etc.), but it's often a childhood remembered through rose-colored glasses, and frequently not accurate. I hope that subsequent generations never forget why our society now takes the kinds of precautions they do.

Again, I apologize for being sarcastic.

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Not at all. I totally get what you are saying. We used to joke, "How on earth did we survive" or point out our scars to each other.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Carmel said...

My how the world has changed! These days it seems children can't even play in the front yard of their homes, some things have definetly got worse. People will always fall off cliffs and have accidents too.
I like the message behind that story, thanks.

12:13 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

I do think we need to be safe. But aren't we taking it a tad far? In america it's a law to have children up to the age of 7 ride in a car seat. I am sorry my kids won't be able to just run home, drop off their bikes, and play until sun down running round the neighborhood

12:57 PM  
Blogger dorsey said...

I remember the joy of standing in the bed of my granddad's pickup truck, looking over the cab with the wind in our faces, at 60mph on the highway. I also remember standing up in the front seat of the car on the way to the supermarket. Once there, my mom left me at the front of the store by the comic book rack, where I occupied myself until her shopping was completed. Try that today.

I suppose kids get hurt less nowadays, but at what cost to their sense of ownership of their own safety? I learned at age 4 not to put my hand on a hot stove--the hard way. But I only had to learn it once.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

I am just wondering if we've made things too safe. I was reading an article that talked about the Big Man On Campus and how that phenomena no longer exists. How in princeton the big man on campus bet he could walk to NYC and back again in a certain time, and did!

10:57 AM  

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