To the Kids!


Chief Engineer
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN 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 carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

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 soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

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. 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 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for 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!

This generation has 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!

And 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 our lives for our own good.
and while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
:D :roll:
I still do half that stuff with my kids and I guess thats why my wife is always telling me that the kids are going to get hurt. Well they proberly will but they will get over it.

If it doesnt kill them it will make them stronger.
The old time were good one no doubt but the future generations are the ones who are learning to build the robots and flying cars! The so called 70's "future"...
TomTom you star have been looking everywhere for this just printed it off to send up to my mom she still surviving on snail mail lol
Cheers mate
thats how my dad raises me, he says its stupid when the school makes him sign waivers because he isn't the type of person who would sue, and he would side with the law like it said...

kind of off topic, but its along those lines, a guy went into a walmart, pulled a gun on the cashier, the cashier beat the s :cen: out of him, and the guy who tried to rob them is now gonna see if i cant get a link but its on the 9 o clock news tonight on fox 7 for people in texas.... :shock:

edit: well, it looks like it will be on the website after the 9 o'clock news tonght, hopefull anyway...
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. still is a special are alot of the other things that you posted. i wasnt born in any of those eras(90s) but i do alot of that stuff best friend lives down the street from me and i can just walk in there any time i want to...we play football with neighborhood kids in the park.. think the ice cream man is god and a bunch of other hasnt died yet...
I can still remember the smells of grass and honey****le on a Spring night when we would lay on a quilt and just stare up at the stars. Back then the TV was black and white, outdoors was always technicolor.