A very good, and old friend sent me an e-mail this morning.
I don't usually do these, but I thought it was too good not to share.
Congratulations to all my friends born in the 1940's, '50's and '60's
First we survived being born to mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us, and lived in houses made of asbestos..........
They took Aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Our cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets or knee pads.
As children we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose, and not from a bottle.
Take-away food was limited to fish and chips; no pizza shops, MacDonald's, KFC, Subway, or Nandos.
Even though all the shops closed at 6 p.m. and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink between four friends, and no-one actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles, and cash them in at the corner shop and buy toffees, gobstoppers and bubblegum.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter.
Drank milk from the cow, and drank soft drinks with sugar in them; 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 back when the street lights came on.
No-one was able to reach us all day.
And we were OK.
We would spend hours building go-carts out of old prams, and then ride them down the hill, only to find we had forgotten the brakes.
We built tree houses and camps, and played in river beds.
We did not have Nintendo, Wii, X-boxes, no videos or DVD films or colour TV.
No mobile phones, no personal computers, no internet or internet 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.
Only girls had pierced ears.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms didn't live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter eggs and hot cross buns at Easter time.
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th Birthdays.
We rode bikes, or walked to a friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them.
Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet., because we didn't need to keep up with the Jones's.
Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team.
Those that didn't, had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Imagine that!!
Getting into the team was based on MERIT.
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren't concentrating.
We can string sentences together and spell because of a good, solid three R's education.
Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us across the road.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora', 'Blade' and 'Vanilla'.
And YOU were one of them.
You might like to share this with others who had the good luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
And while you're at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Enjoy your day.