Note: This monologue, by an author unknown, appears in various
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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. No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us.
Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it. We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were seldom overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this. We did not have Play stations, Nintendo 64, X
Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, videotape
movies, surround sound, personal cellular phones, personal computers, Internet
chat rooms - we had friends next door.
We went outside and found
them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or
rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them. Imagine such a thing.
Without asking a parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world
without a guardian! How did we do it? How did we survive? We made up games with
sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would
happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those
who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as
smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same
grade - Horrors! Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Our actions were our
own. Consequences were expected, with no one to hide behind. The idea of a
parent bailing us out if we broke a law was practically unheard of.
They actually sided with the law, imagine that! The
generation of people who were kids during the '60s has produced some of the
best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has
been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure,
success, and responsibility, and we learned how too. And if you're one of them,