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Thursday, 19 July 2007

It never hurt us.

I am currently 47 years of age. I grew up during a time when children had freedoms and parents knew other adults would look out for any child and where applicable scold said child for doing wrong. This did not lead to a lawsuit but often would lead to getting a slap of your own parents for getting a scolding frome someone else. It seems odd that sort of thing in this modern "we must be scared of everything" world.

I cannot remember where I got the follow text from but it sums up thing perfectly.

When We Were Kids

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were Kids
in the 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived,
because... 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 wheels.

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.

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 problem.

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 minded.

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,
any 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 hurt.
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no

If they were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing again.

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 what 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, we expected The idea of a parent
bailing us out if we broke a law was, 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. Congratulations! Pass this on to others who have had
the luck to grow up as real kids, before lawyers and government regulate our
lives, for our own good.

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