we made it!

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    According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
    kids in the 50's, 60's, and 70's probably shouldn't have survived. Our
    baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was
    promptly chewed and licked.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or
    cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we
    wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent 'clackers' on our

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
    Riding in the passenger seat was a treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle - tasted the

    We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy
    pop with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were
    always outside playing.

    We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no
    one actually died from this.

    We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top
    speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
    running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the

    We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
    back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us all day and no-one

    We did not have Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
    channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
    phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends,
    we went outside and found them.

    We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really

    We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were
    no lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing

    We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue - we
    learned to get over it.

    We walked to friend's homes.

    We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff, and
    although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes
    out, nor did the live stuff live inside us forever.

    We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

    Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
    They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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're one
    of them.


    Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as real
    kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own

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