A traditional world

December 23, 2010
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 Grandad Daddy and me CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1940′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 ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with 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 hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died. We got measles, mumps, and warm milk.

We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and  sugar on it, but we weren’t overweight because……WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

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 text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

Gormanston-1972 We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents .

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any 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!
Not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Life is not always fair.

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. We did not rely on scientific evidence, only our experiences.

If YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS on another year.

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