SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

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CONGRATULATIONS IF YOU WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or early 80’s!!!

I read this humorous article and thought you’d get a kick out of it too.

Many of you born in these decades survived being born to mothers who didn’t drink smoothies or eat nothing but yogurt while they carried us around in their wombs. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, sardines from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after surviving that trauma, your baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints. You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking.

As children, you would ride in cars with no seatbelts or airbags. Sliding around on the backseat of a van or in the luggage space of a station wagon was always great fun. You drank water from the garden hose and not from a filtered water pitcher. You shared one soft drink with four friends and not one of them actually died from doing this. You ate chocolate cakes, white bread, and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but you weren’t overweight because…… YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE RUNNING AROUND!

You would leave home in the morning and play outside all day, as long as you were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach you all day on a cell phone. And yet you felt safe. 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. You did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on cable TV, no videotape or CD movies, no surround sound, no text messaging, no laptop computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms. And when you did something you were told not to do or sassed your parents, you received a spanking and it wasn’t called child abuse.

BUT YOU HAD FRIENDS, and you went over to their house or they came over to yours so you could go down to the park and play! You fell out of trees, got cuts, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. You played with worms (well most boys did) and mud pies (as girls did), and the dirt on your hands was digested easily. You made up games with sticks and balls to play in the street, and although you were told it would happen, you didn’t poke out any eyes. You rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to come out and play! You would play games where some would win and some would lose. No one got a trophy just for being there. You didn’t go to classes to learn how to deal with disappointment, it was part of life. The idea of a parent having to bail you out of jail if you broke the law was a rarity. They actually took the side of the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors in the world! The past 50 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas your generation. You had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility, and you learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! So congratulations, if YOU are one of them!

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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