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Posted By: Campbell Findlay

The following is a straight quote from one of the local Freebies so I apologise for the plagiarism but it rang so many bells for me I had to share it with those of you who are back in the UK.I'm sure a lot of it will be familiar. Heading is "How brave and talented we are" Congratulations to all those kids who were born in the 1940s,50s,60s,70s and 80s. We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while carrying us. They took aspirin,ate blue cheese dressing,tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. After that our cots were covered in bright coloured 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 hitch hiking. As children we rode in cars without seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared a pop bottle between as many as twelve and no one actually died from it. We ate cakes,white bread and real butter and drank pop with real sugar in it but... we were not overweight because ....WE WERE OUT PLAYING ALL THE TIME. We would leave home in the morning and play all day as long as we were back home by the time the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day and we were OK. 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 didn't live in us forever. We made up gams with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen --we didn't put many eyes out. We rode bikes or walked to a friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell --or just yelled for them. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.They actually sided with the law. We would spend hours building a cartie or a bogey as I called it and then ride it down a steep hill to find out we had forgotten to think about brakes!After running into bushes a few times we solved the problem. We did not have Playstations,Nintendos,X-Boxes,no video games at all,no 99 Channels on TV,no cell phones.We had FRIENDS and we went outside and found them. 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. You are one of those people. Share this with others who had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and government regulated our lives for our own good.Tell your own children as well so that they will know how brave their parents were. I have never been a supporter of the "When I was your age " group but a lot of this is so very true.When I was a sprog we lived by the seaside and I was often three miles out at sea in my canoe with never a thought about danger.I could see land and I could swim and my best mate was with me. The words in the last para are mine. Hope you enjoy reading this. Cheers, Campbell.

Posted By: rockjock

Aye Campbell, All very true and today's kids are the future but, are some of us (Children of the 50's, 60's, 70's) not to blame for creating "the couch potato kid" by over indulging the little angels. I also grew up on the coast and spent many glorious summers out in a little dingy fishing with no life jacket or safety gear. Rockjock

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