How Did They Survive Childhood?

Are you one of the baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964? How did you survive without government intervention?

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Their mothers smoked and/or drank while pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, they were put to sleep on their tummies in baby cribs covered with brightly colored, lead-based paints.

There were no childproof lids on medicine or special locks on cabinet doors.

They rode bikes, we wore baseball caps, not specially engineered helmets.

As infants, they rode in cars without car seats or booster seats, no seat belts and no air bags. Sometimes, as tots, they rode in small moving boxes packed with blankets and toys.

They rode in the back of pickup trucks and no one was arrested or cited.

They drank water from garden hoses, not from plastic bottles.

They shared a single bottle of Coca-Cola with three friends — and no one died.

They ate cupcakes with food coloring, white bread, real butter and bacon. In fact, we drank Kool-Aid mixed with tablespoons of real sugar.

Yet they weren’t overweight, because we were always outside playing.

They would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as they were back when dusk fell. And no one was able to reach them all day. And: they were okay.

They spend hours in the forest with Daisy rifles, or building go-carts without brakes, or sledding with wooden and steel monstrosities that could sever a limb.

They didn’t have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-Boxes. There were no video games, no cable television, no DVD players. There were no computers, no web, no Facebook, no Twitter.

They had friends and we went outside and found them… without cell phones or text messages.

They fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits resulting from these accidents. They ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in them forever.

They were given BB guns and knives for their birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, played lawn darts and, although they were told it would happen, they did not put out many eyes.

They 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.

The boomers have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, inventors and entrepreneurs ever.

The last 50 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

They had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and they learned how to deal with it.


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Then they started reading this…

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that opposed this.

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and gave up everything for this.

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