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Rules, Regulations, and Priorities
By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! The government is in an uproar. Trump's approval rating "drops to 37%." Mexico tells the US that if they build "the wall" between them and us...Mexico will start trading with Argentina. "Proof" shows that Russia meddled in the US presidential election that gave us President Trump. Round it goes and dizzy I am.

A few friends and I discussed the above and wondered if too many rules, regulations, and priorities have been implemented. Are we busy watching the "new rules" with no time to watch more important things? Consider the following.

27 Things That '60s Kids Did That Would Horrify Us Now

"It's pretty much a miracle that any of us survived childhood in the 1960's. Parent's exposed children to second-hand smoke and let them run wild in the streets. Sugar was in everything and hazards lurked everywhere. Given today's hands-on style of parenting, it's hard to believe some of the things that were "normal" for kids in the '60's."

1)Pregnant women were smoking and drinking.
2)Crummy car seats and seatbelts.
3)Smoking was emulated and encouraged.
4)Unsafe cribs.
5)Trampolines without nets.
6)No childproofing.
7)Walking to and from school alone.
8)Going to a friend's house unescorted.
9)Chewing sugary bubblegum.
10)Cereal with lots of sugar.
11)Nuns who smacked.
12)Hanging out in candy stores.
13)Riding bikes without helmets.
15)Playing outside unsupervised all day.
16)Playing at the beach on your own.
17)No sunscreen.
18)Stickball and games in the streets.
19)Drinking from garden hoses.
20)Cooling off with a fire hydrant.
21)Becoming blood brothers and sisters.
22)Sleeping in the back window of the car on a road trip.
23)Coming home to an empty house.
24)Spanking and hitting.
26)Unsafe toys.
27)Chasing trucks emitting poisonous vapors (pest-control fogging).
Courtesy of Country Living Magazine -

All of the preceeding should be self-explanatory. I'll start you out though...mostly to reminisce. Number 13 took care of itself...thanks to number 25. Remember the bite and sting of mercurochrome? Remember the "dance" after it was applied?? That's why we, in our neighborhood, watched how we rode our bikes.

Number 2 and number 18 took care of themselves, also. I remember Dad saying our job - as passengers in our car - or any other car - was to help watch out for potential trouble. That could be animals running not watching where they are chasing a ball into the street from their yard. Our job was to be prepared for the car to have to stop suddenly. Parents looked out for the babies and toddlers. Kindergarten-aged and older need to look out for yourself. It's part of growing to adulthood.

As kids playing in the street...we were "infringing" on another's right-of-way. We were to get out of the way when a car appeared. And we were not playing on heavily-traveled Main Street...or a highway.

"Kids who never have any accountability for their actions will continue through life thinking nothing is their fault and everything is owed to them." - Independent American - Learning Mind

Fun Fact: Kids voting in the next presidential election are the same ones who are eating Tide Pods today. - Unknown

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!!!      MONA

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