First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank whiile they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were 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 trook hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no set 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 brad and real butter and drank soda pop 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 OK. 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 personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms......WE HAND FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!! We fell out of trtees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there wer no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We wer 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 friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled form 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 brok the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!! This genration has producted some of the best risk takers, problem solvers and inventors ever ! This past 50 years have been an expolsion of innovation and new ideas. WE HAD FREEDOM, FAILURE, SUCCESS AND RESPONSIBILTIY AND WE LEARED HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!!