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Stupid kid has failed to kill himself at least twice according to the article, and some wonder why I advocate a return to natural selection.


You just reminded me of something sent to me by Dave Byers, another Seattle inspector, the other day.

If you were born prior to the 70's:

Many of us were born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and 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 paint....

We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, no locks on doors and cabinets, and when we rode our bikes we wore baseball caps not helmets.

As infants and children we rode in cars without car seats, seat belts, and sometimes with bald tires and no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick-up truck on a warm day was a special treat.

We drank water from a garden hose not a water bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends from one bottle.

We ate cup cakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. And we drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and weren't overweight. Why? Because we were always outside playing.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we came home before the street lights came on. Nobody was able to reach us all day and we were okay.

We would spend hours building go carts and ride them down a hill only to discover we forgot the brakes.

We had no play stations, nintendos, x-boxes, no video games, DVD's, CD's, video games, surround sound, or cell phones. No PC's, internet, or chat rooms. We had friends and we went outside to play with them.

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wood spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and nobody would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms, mud pies made from dirt and the worms didn't live inside of us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th B'day and played with sticks and although we were told that it would happen we never put out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and would just walk in to see them.

Little League had tryouts and if you didn't make it you had to learn to deal with the disappointment.

The idea that parents would bail us out was unheard of because they sided with the law.

We produced the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever.

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

So if you were born before the 70's, congratulations. You survived all of that. Makes you want to run through the house with scissors don't it?



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