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Offline Dolly Diver

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CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE WHO
WERE BORN IN THE*1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !***First, we survived
being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in
houses made of asbestos**.**They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products,
loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for
diabetes or cervical cancer.**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 or shoes,
not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.*As children, we would ride in cars
with no seat belts or air bags.****We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from
a bottle.*Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds ,
KFC, Subway or Nandos.Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on
the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!***We shared one soft drink with
four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this..*We could collect
old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees,
Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.*We ate cupcakes,
white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, 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 old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find
out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds
with matchbox cars.*We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video
games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,no video/dvd  films, *no mobile phones, 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 noLawsuits from these accidents.Only girls had pierced ears!We
ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.You
could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time...***We were given air
guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,****We rode bikes or walked to a friend's
house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!*Mum didn't
have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not
everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on_MERIT_ Our teachers used to hit
us with canes and gym shoes and bully's/* *//*always */ruled the playground at
school.The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.*They
actually sided with the law!*Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids
like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'*We had freedom, failure, success
and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO**DEAL WITH IT ALL !****And 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 our lives
for our own good.**And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will
know how brave their parents were.*PS -The big type is because your eyes are not
too good at your age