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Sunday, April 9

People Over 35 - How Did We Make It?

Article found in box of favorites - thought I'd pass it along. Don't know who wrote it...

"According to today's bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s probably shouldn't have survived.

* Our baby cribs were covered with lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids, doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

* We rode in cars with no seatbelts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

* We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors! 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.

* We spent 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.

* 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. No cell Phones!

* We didn't have PlayStations, Gamecubes, or X-boxes. No video games, no 99+ channels on satellite cable, videos, surround sound, or computers.

* We had friends! We went outside and found them. We played dodge ball, and somethims the ball would really hurt.

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

* We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms.

* We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home every day and knocked on the door, rang the bell, or just walked in.

* Athletics had tryouts and not everyone made the team. We had to deal with disappointment.

* Some students weren't as smart as others or weren't ready, so they failed a grade and were held back. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

* Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of a parent bailing us out was unheard of. They actually sided with the law.

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all."

What the hell has happened? - and so fast. I think we are PAST the plateau.

"Too much knowledge will destroy the Universe" (? )- I think I read that in HS english lit. class - Along the waters of Babylon (?) -- can't remember.

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