Here's another reminder of just how weak we are, courtesy of MRWD reader Joseph:

"I see propaganda all over this – the friend who sent it to me told me I needed to lighten up. I’m forwarding to you to let you and other readers decide."


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored 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 infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up 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 ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, 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 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or 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.

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

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang 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. Imagine that!!

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, 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 HOW TO 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 grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good 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.


Jennifer said...

I have to say i kind of liked this one. It really inclines me to run around the house with knives and scissors and assorted things. No, but really, the essence of it was kind of cool. Although I don't think lawyers are doing anything that the vindictive masses do not want them to be doing.

Anonymous said...

My usual response to this is "Enough of my parents' and my generations DIDN'T survive that we wised up."

That usually earns me some right-wing "way we weren't"-er saying "lighten up," until I hit them with a list of my personal dead.

dmf said...

time was, we lived in caves! and we ate raw meat! and we didn't go to "schools"! that's the way it was and we liked it! we loved it!

(apologies to dana carvey)

Anonymous said...

I hate this crap; its bogus. Yes, boys used to play with a lot less protection than nowadays. That's why when 12 year olds speeding downhill on their bikes got cut off by a car suddenly turning in front of them, they used to DIE. When cars made very sudden stops, the driver used to go through the windshield and bleed to DEATH before the ambulances arrived. Bike helmets and seatbelts have prevented a lot of deaths.

staush said...

The more my elders lecture me about how awesome they were, the more I realize how friggin' awesome they were. So who ruined it for us children of the 80's, turning us into such pathetic pantywaists? It certainly couldn't have been these rockin' mid-lifers, because they were far too awesome.

Anonymous said...

...and we rode on unicorns spun of cotton candy and slid down rainbows into a chocolate river! And all the beautiful white christian children all over the world held hands while they watched a glittery magic box that only radiated back episodes of the Lawrence Welk show...that is until the Jews/Blacks/Mexicans/Homos/Latte drinkers/people who watch PBS to much, came along, spreading a virus of anti-family values like CAR SEATS and Food Safety inspection. And lo the utopia collapsed, and not even the wisest fariry of them all, Ronald Reagan could save them.
The End.

Erin said...

Too much lead paint ingested there! The writer clearly doesn't realize that an apostrophe doesn't make anything plural.

Eric said...

It's really too bad that I grew up as a liberal, and never got to climb trees or fuck around with worms or drink from a hose and all that other cool conservative stuff.

Anonymous said...

and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Until years later, thanks to allo the kool aid and soda you drank ...

Anonymous said...

I meant ALL the kool aid and soda xp

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