believe you made it and lived through childhood in the 50's & 60's.
we even got spanked! Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived
as long as we have. 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. 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 hitchhiking
to town as a young kid!) We drank water from the garden hose and not from
a bottle. Horrors! 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. 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. Unthinkable! We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would
really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were
no law suits 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.
ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda, but we were never
overweight .....we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda
with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.
did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X Boxes, video games at all, 99
channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones,
Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ... we had friends. We went outside
and found them.
rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung
the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing! Without
asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without
a guardian. How did we do 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.
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. Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were
our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of
a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually
sided with the law. Imagine that!
generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers
and inventors ever. The past 50 years has 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're one of them.