- Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based
- We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles,
doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no
- Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
- As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or
- 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
sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always
- We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one
bottle, and no one actually died from this.
- We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then rode 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 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. No cell phones.
- We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape movies,
surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or
Internet chat rooms.
- We had friends! We went outside and found them.
- We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really
- We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth,
and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were
accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember
- 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
- 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
- Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with
- Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a
grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors! Tests
were not adjusted for any reason.
- Our actions were our own. Consequences were
- 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. Imagine
- We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility ---
and we learned how to deal with it.
- 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
- Too bad our own kids didn't have these opportunities, as