At the end of this e-mail is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If youdon’t read anything else, please read what he said.
Very well stated, Mr. Leno.
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank whilethey were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’tget tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in babycribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors orcabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, nobooster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pickup truck 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 oneactually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aidmade with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?
Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we wereback 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 ridethem down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After runninginto the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendos and Xboxes. There were no videogames, no 150 channels on cable, no video movi es or DVDs, nosurround-sound or CDs, no cell phones, no personal computers, noInternet and no 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 nolawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live inus forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticksand tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did notput out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door orrang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment..
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk takers, problemsolvers 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 howto deal with it all. If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to growup as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much ofour lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how braveand lucky their parents were.
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’tit?
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
‘With hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, andwith the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is agood time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’
For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us…go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us… pass this on.