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Looking back

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Dear All
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us,

To Those of Us Born during

1930 - 1979


1930's, 40's, 50's,

60's and 70's!!

We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cots covered

with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes,

we had no caps or

helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and some times no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck 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 cup cakes and other sweets made with Butter & white sugar but were not over weight.


Because we were always outside playing....that's why!

We would leave home in the morning, go to school mostly on foot and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on..

No one was able to reach us all day.There were no cell phones, not even land lines and, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then ride them 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 Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's,
no surround-sound or CD's,

no cell phones,

no personal computers,

no Internet and no chat rooms.

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 would get punishments like caning, spankings with sticks, or just a bare hands and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best Managers

risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
What can kids today do besides push buttons..

We had freedom, failures, successes and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If 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 so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.

The nicest place to be is in someone's THOUGHTS!
The safest place to be is in someone's PRAYERS!
And the best place to be is in GOD’S HANDS!
--- Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly
--- Have Courage & Determination, Take Care !!!!!!!!!
(¨`·.·´¨) Always
`·.¸(¨`·.·´¨) Keep
(¨`·.·´¨)¸.·´ Smiling!

Source: email received from my friend Shri K. Ramakrishna, Tanjur.


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Looking Back

Dear Sri Ramanathan,

Wonderful message to the present generation to know how their parents lived.
But is it not the same with all previous generations as well !

Shri Ramanathan, It might be useful to add that we have lived through all kinds of social disparities, economic inequalities, political uncertainties, caste, creed and gender-based barriers and discrimination.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's,
no surround-sound or CD's,

no cell phones,

no personal computers,

no Internet and no chat rooms.

and we went outside and found them!

And we had many good books to read and good libraries....


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It is good to look back momentarily, but we are moving forward so we must look to future. We have to learn from our mistakes and not make the same mistake again. Every generation has its own challenges. The present generation has our experiences
to build their life but their challenges are far different than ours.

It is good post for our generation.


Dear shri Brahmanyan sir,

You are absolutely right. As Shri Prasad 1 rightly pointed out that it is good to look back momentarily and cherish our memories and not to make the same mistake again.

Thanks and regards,

S. Ramanathan
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