If you are over 35 you should be dead!

Note from The Vinman: A dear firend of mine forwarded this to me today. Made me glad to be alive! I’m still in a contented not to write about anything too deep, but something good from someone else is always worth publishing. Thanks, Joe Luther, for sharing this.

According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids

in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, or even maybe the early 70’s probably shouldn’t

have survived.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint.

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


As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. 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. Horrors!

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but

we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

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. Unthinkable!

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 hurt.

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 accidents?

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 ate worms, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very

many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

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 them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those

who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

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


Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard-of. They

actually sided with the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and 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. And you’re one of them!


Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids,

before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good…

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors.

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