Those of us who were kids in the 50's, 60's, 70's or even
the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived.
-Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.
-We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.
-We routinely hitchhiked.
-We would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
-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 ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with real sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.
-We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this.
-We spent hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot to add the brakes. After running into the
bushes 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 when the street lights came on. No one was able to reach us all day because there were no cell phones.
-We did not have Play Stations, Wii, X-Boxes, no video games at all, no cable TV, surround sound, personal computers, i-anything, or
internet for that matter, so no social media that assumed the world gave a shit what I was doing at any given moment.
-We had friends, even though we had to go outside and find them.
-We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really hurt.
-When our parents got coffee from the local diner, or McDonald's for that matter, they expected it to be hot and would feel stupid for drinking it in a moving car and spilling it on themselves. They would take it as a lesson learned and not drink hot beverages in the car.
-We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents which meant there was no one to blame but us. Remember accidents?
-We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.
-We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes (almost...just that one time).
-We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.
-Little League had tryouts that meant 'tryout' and not everyone made a team . Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment and kick their own ass to get better for next year.
-Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Tests were not adjusted, scaled, or curved for any reason. You either knew enough of the material or you didn't.
-Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the school or the law.
-The generations who grew up this way have produced some of the best
risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors.
-We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility -- and we learned how to deal with it.
Lt. Col (Retired)
22nd [SAS] Elite Virtual Regiment