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Old 08.03.2011, 12:55
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Please stop worrying!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !

First, we survived being born to mothers who drank while they carried
us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon
and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes
or cervical cancer.

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 or shoes, 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 hose and NOT from a bottle...

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds
KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store
and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up
frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with
sugar in 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 old prams and then
ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree
houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video nor dvd films

No mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet 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 no
Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

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

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or
rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bullies always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And are YOU are one of them?

CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives
for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how
brave their parents were.

PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore.
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Old 08.03.2011, 12:57
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Sounds like Switzerland.
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Old 08.03.2011, 12:58
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Re: Please stop worrying!

Born in the 40's 50's 60's, early 70's and still alive
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You beat me to it!
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Old 08.03.2011, 13:08
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Oh Sh*t. I've just finished years of therapy to try to forget this...
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The interesting question would be, why o why do these generations now raise only fluffee-iphone-controlled children...
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Old 08.03.2011, 13:17
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Sorry for the repeats! Yet another symptom of today's living!

(I have just received it in an E-Mail)
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Of course, the downside is having to cope with memory loss!
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Old 08.03.2011, 13:39
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Re: Please stop worrying!

HEY! I resent this! I was born in the 80's and most of this stuff was true for me too. Just depends on the parents I guess! Can't say that I am sorry I missed out on being spanked with a cane from my teachers though.. haha. A good read
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Old 08.03.2011, 13:49
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