Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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What's the matter with kids 2day?

This morning someone forwarded this e-mail to me:



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 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





And 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 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?!

PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age

I'm sure you've seen that one (or others like it) before. My favorite variant is a checklist of things that children of the '80s should remember. I don't think it has a formal title, but it could be called "How Many Dollars Worth Did Your Parents Love You?" I used to get these forwards on a regular basis, but then my coworkers started to notice that I don't pass anything on.

Anyway, something about the message posted above bugs me: has it not occurred to anyone that those "problems" were caused by the very people who are railing against them?

I'm assuming that mine was the first generation to whom most of these criticisms apply, but they're not our fault. I turned one the year that the FDA approved Nutrasweet. My generation wasn't old enough to care whether or not we were eating real sugar. We had curfews and tight parental leashes imposed on us. We certainly didn't sue anybody over the hair-eating Cabbage Patch Kids or Stretch Armstrong's Limber Limbs of Death. Let's give credit where it's due. I'm willing to let parents born in the '30s and early to mid-'40s off the hook, but if the standards listed above constitute irresponsibly overprotective parenting, the generations born since World War II are directly responsible for ruining their kids.

There should be another P.S. that reads, "Cut it out. Oh, what? You're menopausal or suffer erectile dysfunction and your kids have kids of their own? Then tell your kids to cut it out." Except that it should be terser and wittier than I feel like being this morning.

Now then. f u wnt 2 blame my gen 4 pwning teh english lang via IRC+AIM, thats totly legit. have @ it.
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