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#1 John@Reliable OFFLINE  


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:08 PM

Found this in a file that I saved from 2004, still true today! enjoy


Here's why ,

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's,50's, 60's, or even maybe the early 70's probably shouldn't have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.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 pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat. :thumbs:
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.


We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode 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. :D

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.



We did not have Play stations,Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no 199 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,personal computers, or Internet chat rooms.

We had friends!  We went outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt. :smilewink:

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.
They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.

Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

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 inside us forever.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home 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.

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.


Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our own.

Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law.

Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:25 PM

Had me worried with that thread title! And that is all so TRUE!

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:34 PM

I too was worried when I saw the title!

I have said it before and I will say it again, I was born a generation or two late.
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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:35 PM

I am glad you posted that. As a parent of a 5&6yo boys I need to read that every now and then. I need reminding that we turned out ok and most of us still have 10 fingers and 10 toes. I admit to getting caught up in the "hover parent" thing evry now and then but I am able to control it. I do like to see my boys playing in the mud, digging worms, chasing each other with sticks. When they are doing these things there is always a smile and a giggle. 


I do keep the grass cut very short ever since william got bit by the snake. I dont want to go through that again. It was hard letting both the kids go out and play after that one but we did it and the kids are still ok.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 05:48 PM

So many need to read this,Don't get me wrong I don't want to see anyone hurt,but I think it's a learning thing that way they start small before they step in front of that Bus

Edited by Littledeere, March 21, 2013 - 05:55 PM.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:00 PM

amen brother amen!!!

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:04 PM

Pain was a great teacher back then.


You learned quickly that when someone yelled "DUCK!" that it wasn't the right time to start scanning the sky for birds, or wasting the time to ask "WHY?", or worse, telling someone that they didn't have the authority to order you around.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:05 PM

Had me worried with that thread title! And that is all so TRUE!



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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:13 PM

So true and brings back lots of memories. The thread title was a little worrisome though LOL.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:16 PM

Thanks for that post.

It's so true.


We all knew what a hammer was, and how to use it by the age of 7 or 8.

Nowadays, I see 20 year olds, that don't know how to hold one, let alone swing it.

Why? Because, instead of shop classes at school, they have computer classes.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:21 PM

I think I will have the kids read this just for the heck of it.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 06:23 PM

The good news is that if we survived  we appreciate the old well built Garden Tractors.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 07:18 PM

I wasn't born back then, but the confession goes that I'd rather have been born then! 


However, I will say that titles like that make me think that someone had either had a bit too much to drink over supper, or they finally cracked and went berserk after the engine died for the thirtieth time on their tractor!  You had my attention. 


Ben W.

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 07:24 PM

I was a little worried to read this also lol.

But this is so... true!And it brought back a lot of great memories!

And think of all the other things we could add to this list! As a kid I was never inside, we would only come in when our Mother yelled our 1st middle and last name, then we knew we HAD to get in LOL.

It is amazing to think I was working on small engines when I was four and at six I rebuilt my 1st Briggs, and my Dad let me do it buy myself so I could learn. I see my 18 and 20 year old Nephews that like Will said have never even picked up a hammer let alone know how to use it!

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 07:25 PM

:thumbs:  Well said :smiley-score010:

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