Saturday, March 29, 2008

Political correctness and what is good for you

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 were pregnant . . . 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. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but most of us weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

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 phones, no personal computers, no internet or chat rooms . . .

I don't remember hearing about sexual perverts kidnapping little kids either . . .

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

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 knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in . . . we didn't need locked doors or security alarms . . .

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 to DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If 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 so much of our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to 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?!


An appropriate quote by Jay Leno:

With hurricanes, tornadoes, 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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