This is dedicated to those born 1930-1979! 
  
Hurricanes and Hangovers and Other Tall Tales and Loose Lies from the Coconut Telegraph by Dear Miss Mermaid
 
  
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!
  
 
  
First, some of us 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.
  
 
  
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 infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster
  
seats, seat belts or air bags.  Riding in the back of a pick up on a
  
warm day was always a special treat.
  
 
  
We drank water from the garden hose 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 cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-Aid made
  
with sugar, 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 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
at
  
all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no
  
surround-sound, CD's or Ipods, no cell phones!, no personal computers ,
  
no Internet or 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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in
  
us forever.
  
 
  
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
  
 
  
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, 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. Imagine that!!
  
 
  
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
  
 
  
 
  
They actually sided with the law!
  
 
  
These generations have 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!
  
 
  
If YOU are one of them . .
CONGRATULATIONS!
  
 
  
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow
  
up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of
  
our lives for our own good
  
 
  
And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how
  
brave (and lucky) their parents were.
  
 
  
Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't
  
it?!
  
 
  
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
  
 
  
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding,
  
severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and
  
with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, "Are we sure this is
  
a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"