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Congratulations to all the kids born in the...

semi-overcast 25 °C

...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 coloured 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 at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, 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!

Local teams 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!

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

If YOU are one of them... CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?! :)

Posted by PJB 04:27 Archived in Cambodia Tagged volunteer

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Hey Pammy B, its Jenny B and Lindsey K here! Sorry not been in touch earlier, just got year end out of the way and had time to think! Just thought we would have a check at where you are and how your gettin on! Sounds like you are having an amazing time, so jealous! Thanks for the piccie of the shoes dedicted to me, made me smile :-) you'll be glad to hear we both made purchases in Dune on Friday - was 20% off - a girl couldn't resist!! We are all missing you back here but trying to keep track of where you are and what your up to, be great to hear from you! On the team front in work we have got a few new people joining in the next few weeks Karen (Lindseys friend - may remember from Lindsey's hen night?!) is joining and Gordon from Group and a few others. Lindsey and Graham have just booked a holiday to Kenya in September - 7 days Safari in Masai Mara and then to a beach for some sun, very exciting! Marie is thinking about exotic holiday soon - depends on bonus ;-) Anton's wife is due anytime now so he is getting a bit nervous and excited. Its my wee niece Lucy's 1st birthday in a few weeks so can't wait for that, gone so quickly, already been shopping for her! Anyway better get back to the grind, hope your both well, take care, lots of love xxx

by jennyb1

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