Do you think it is amazing that we are all stil alive?

kids the world over - the topic for this picture is how we all did things as kids and things weren't as big a deal as they are now. We had fun and are about the world as it evolves.
@Willowlady (10666)
United States
February 11, 2007 12:48pm CST
Remember the good old days? TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!! 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 took hitchhiking 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 koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because . WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! ! 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 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phon es, no personal computer! s, 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 put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and kno cked 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! These generations have 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! 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. And while you are at it, share it with your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,"Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
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@Eskimo (2329)
11 Feb 07
Yes I remember it as if it was yesterday. School Holidays put out of house at 9 am and told not to return before 5pm. Went for walks in the woods, bus to town, most of the other things you mention I can relate to, falling out of trees, falling off of bikes. At school we got the belt and if we told the parents we got spanked from them as well. All now illegal. Nowadays no-one can take responsibility for their own actions, someone else must to blame, and they get sued accordingly usually for massive amounts of money.
• United States
11 Feb 07
Hahahahahaha. I am dying laughing. My parents made us get up, and get out. Told to stay out in fact, and they always looked a little irriated when we came back. Especially for a drink, when there was a perfectly good hose outside or where ever we had come from. Oh that is funny, funny stuff.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Times were good! We maybe didn't know it then. Yeah, being put out, my Mom would lock the door so that I didn't run in and out. Now you have to be locked indoors in the cities! boooo. Thanks so much for responding.
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
12 Feb 07
look at the experts they say dont smoke but doctors do and they say to eat well but doctors eat the same bad stuff always. I think we should do as they do not as they say.
11 Feb 07
I have read this before it always makes me laugh. Today however, your floor is not clean enough unless you use a proprietary disinfectant! Your loo/toilet is not clean unless you use blah blah blah. You have to eat 5 a day fruit and vegetables, Omega 3, brush your teeth with a cleaning agent that whitens your teeth. You can't eat butter its bad for you! Chocolate is bad for you! You have to drink probiotics to keep you tummy healthy!!!!!!!!!!!! What did we have when where growing up eh? Smoke filled rooms, fish from a can, pie and chips because that was all we could afford. We never got a cold, we ate dirt, food tasted better off the floor.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Feb 07
So true!! Glad to help you to laugh. It seems amazing that we all here! So sad for the kids today! Thanks for responding.
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• Australia
13 Feb 07
Ive seen this before too but thankyou for reminding me lol. I truelly can't believe how much the world has changed for the good and the bad! Do you remember being able to walk home from primary school without a worry as a kid?
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Yeah, my Mom would wait a street from out house while I walked the other 4 streets or so from school to meet up with her. Thanks for responding.
• United States
11 Feb 07
I can add a few I have done myself. Ate Easter eggs that sat on the counter for three days. Never got any of our cats (in my childhood) vaccinations and they lived to be over 20 years old. Until someone whistled or the street lights came on, you were outside. Pitched a tent in your front yard and had everyone in the neighborhood sleep in it. Ate marbles, pennies, barbie shoes and various other small parts and no one ever recalled the product. My grandmother actually went on the news and told everyone (this is embarrasing), that pop rock candy was a danger. (I ate them by the droves anyway). Hope that everyone adds more to this that they may have done!
@Eskimo (2329)
11 Feb 07
Ate Easter eggs in the summer, lying around unwrapped for months, actually got wet if it rained, no such thing as raincoats or umberallas.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Times sure were good. I remember pop rocks and the problems with pop... Thanks so much for responding.
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@crosa125 (1484)
12 Feb 07
life is not really fair,we had a good time and now,less good time more work,for what,god knows
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• United States
27 Feb 07
You made me miss those memories so much. They were so important and such happiness. Seems every generation things change, and not for the best. Now, there is such a break down in morals and character, I wonder what these kids memories will be like.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I raised my kids more like this yet in this modern world. They have hope, these other kids I am not sure about. I also prepare mine to teach their prospective mates the skills that we predict that they won't have. Thanks much for responding.
@bigstret (485)
12 Feb 07
Oh for the good old days! We didnt earn half what we do now and nobody was in debt!
• United States
12 Feb 07
You only bought what you needed and if you didn't have the money for it, you went without.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
12 Feb 07
The human race is amazing and flexible we make all these decisions made by the best guess of the experts. It is lucky we dont allow the experts to make all decisions. Social experimentation has caused all kinds of problems but our society has survived we need to trust that God has the right plan for us and accept that we can only do the best we can. Survival isnt promised but we are an intelligent being who can survive if we use our brains.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I see what you mean and agree. Thank you for responding to this discussion
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
This is cute, I have read it somewhere before and it is so true isn't it.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
13 Feb 07
must be since we are still here! Thanks for responding to my discussion.