i usually don’t like forwards, but this one is pretty good

my brother, brandon, sent this to me. his and my mom’s email ettiquette is pretty attrocious. they forward a lot of stuff without removing the headers from the body of the post and all those god forsaken >>> before every line making it nearly impossible to read. not to mention everyone who ever gets one of their forwards will get everyone else’s email address because they don’t use bcc and in this age of spam onslaughts that’s valuable data worth hiding. but alas, a good little forward made its way through my mental email crap filter. i think the big text and bright colors helped. [very web 2.0]

so without further apu… here’s the email.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED BEING BORN DURING the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes while they were pregnant.

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 werode 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 a 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 koolade 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 backwhen 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 downthe 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!

We 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 rangthe 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!

And what the heck is T-Ball all about???

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 learnedHOW 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 askids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives “for our own good.”

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

ps. i’ve been listening to madeline a LOT lately. you should be, too. seriously, go listen to her.

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