<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lil'Darlin1972:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">My baby crib was painted with lead paint and I am sure I chewed on a lot of it.
Our home wood work was painted with lead paint.
We had a lot of asbestos in flooring, ceiling, and plumbing.
I drank water out of a black rubber hose. I did learn to flush the hose first to take the bad taste out.
I learned to ride a bicycle and continued to ride it with out a helmet.
I played in playgrounds with out shavings or sawdust under the slides or merry-go-rounds.
I grew up next to a river with 600' of unfenced frontage. I fished and played by the river unsupervised for 15 years.
Now according to todays standards I should of died from to much ingested lead, got poisoned by using a non white hose, been killed or maimed by hitting the unprotected hard ground, had major head damage or death from lack of a helmet while bicycle riding, or drowned falling into the river. When my DW gets mad at me (hardly ever) she blames the lead for damage to my brain. What are your thoughts? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">NO KIDDING !! I did some of those things. I also:
~rode in the back of my dad's pick up truck down the back roads.
~did not wear a seat belt until I was 16
~learned to ride a two wheeler on a dirt road in shorts with no pads on.
~drank water from a garden hose
~climbed trees up as high as I could
~ wandered my neighborhood for hours at a time with no cell phone
~rode on the back of my grandpa's motorcycle from the age of 9 and up
~came home from the hospital in my mom's arms, not a car seat
~spent whole summers catching snakes, frogs and turles in a pond without an adult around
~rode on the handlebars of my friend's bike
~went trick or treating by myself when I was 11
My kids have told me that they envy the freedom that I had when I was a kid. I told them that their kids will say the same about them one day. Each year there are more laws passed restricting our freedom and our right to make our own choices. While I know most are done with good intentions, It's still a little depressing
I can say that I have done most everything there but I can add things like drinking and driving when you couldn't even find the road, let alone driving through peoples yards, swiming without lifejackets, and a whole lot more. I'd safely say that anything that is considered unsafe or illegal either by car or by habit, I've done. AND, guess what, I'm still here typing this message, may not be here tomorrow but for now, good to go!
Sometimes its better to not worry so much about how things are, but how much fun you put in your life while you have a chance. That's my take!