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To the Big Kids!

Posted By: KP
Date: Saturday, 16 February 2008, at 3:18 p.m.

A humerous note from my sister who is 14 months my elder (sometimes I am surprised I'm here):

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 50's, 60's 70's and maybe some 80s!

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.

When we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pickup on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because we were ALWAYS PLAYING OUTSIDE!

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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt and the worms did not live inside of us forever.

We were given BB guns on our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls.
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.

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

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

coach KP

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