The Hazardous Childhood of Yesteryear

Having blogged just recently on risk homeostatis, I was quite seized by this piece which my cousin sent to me.

Congratulations to all the kids who were born in the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

First,  we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then  after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright-colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles,  doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking .

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding  in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun.

We  drank water from the garden hosepipe 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but  we weren’t overweight because……


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  would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the 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 atall, no  99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,no cellphones, no text messaging, 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 from these accidents.

We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live  in us forever.

Made  up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would  happen, we did not poke out any eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

The  idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They  actually sided with the law!

This generation has 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 learned HOW  TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!


2 responses to “The Hazardous Childhood of Yesteryear

  1. coachingsojourner

    I was born in the 1960’s and my childhood was spent climbing trees, riding downhill on my bicycle, playing catching or police and thief outdoors. Kids these days have alot but they are also missing out on alot more!
    btw PP I’d appreciate a lesson on wordpress – it’s not as intuitive as goggle blogger.

  2. Thanks Coaching Sojourner and I couldn’t agree more.

    Re: WordPress, you’re right it’s harder to use than Blogger, but it’s got a lot more features. I’m a novice myself, and get a lot of help from the kind people at Let me know how else I can help.

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