For the Progressive Nanny State that is Protecting our Children from Life

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930’s, 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, early 70’s!!!

First, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.  Worked hard in the garden and tending the animals like the chickens, rabbits and turkeys, the affluent had goats and cows for milk.

Then after that trauma, your baby cots were covered with bright colored lead-based paints as was the whole house covering the plaster over the adobe/straw we picked from the walls . You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles or anything for that matter, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets or padding, just cut offs in the summer and a coat in the winter, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking which we did all the time going everywhere.  As children, you would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags sitting up on the seat to see over the dash. Riding in the back of a van and pick up trucks all the time, sometimes on the hood just for the fun of it going slow down a dirt road, was always great fun.

You drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. You shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. You ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, popcorn covered in butter, root beer ice cream floats every day, all the penny candy you could buy, charbroiled hamburgers with fat dripping from them, spare and baby back ribs off the barbeque, plenty of potato and macaroni salad with deviled eggs on the side, turkey smothered in gravy and plenty of gravy and biscuits with bacon.  It is a wonder is is not that cancer was unheard of, we ate everything that was good, not government approved GMO poison they feed us today because they love us and want to protect us.  But you weren’t overweight because…… YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! You would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on or until your Mom came and got you with a tamarack switch in her hand for not coming home.

No one was able to reach you all day because not many people had phones.  And you were OK because no one messed with kids and any door you knocked on would help you in what every way they could.  You would spend hours building your go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out you forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, you learned to solve the problem.  Walking miles through the desert for the fun of it along the RR tracks and down the washes, when you found a house or business they would always give you water out of the hose or perhaps even ice water if you find a nice person.  You 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 mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms

YOU HAD FRIENDS and you went outside and found them!  2 or 3 would get together and go to the rodeo when it was in town and spend the whole day on your own, always got in free, someone would buy or give you food and you had a great time, no one asked where your parents were.  You always felt safe because you knew you were among good people that would help you.

You fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents you played with worms(well most boys did) and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although you were told it would happen, you did not poke out any eyes even with all the BB guns every boy had.  BB guns were a status symbol behind the best Top or Yo-Yo and coolest marbles and we never shot anyone’s dam eye out!   You rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Not every got a trophy for just showing up and scores were kept to elevate the winners, not like today when they don’t want to hurt the looser feelings.  Today is just like the fucking UN where their is no clear looser or winner, it just goes on and on.  We learned to fight as hard as we could for the game if we wanted to win, not just show up.  There was pride in knowing you were better than the other team, it is what drove you in preparation for the game, it drives innovation today, to make something better than the other guy, not just something the same.

The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! 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. You had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and you learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And 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.

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