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Old 12-06-2017, 03:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default You know, it is a wonder any of us "oldies" are alive today!

My husband and I were just talking about how when we were in grade school (about third grade or so) the teacher went around and put about a teaspoon of liquid mercury (quicksilver) in each of our hands. We played with it for a while, then she gave each of us a penny and we rubbed the mercury onto the copper penny and it turned silver! Magic.

Now if a fluorescent bulb breaks in a classroom, they evacuate the school.

We didn't have seat belts, rode bikes with no helmets, rode horses without hard hats, roller skated down the sidewalks without knee pads or other protection, etc. Yet here we all are today. Amazing, isn't it.
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There would be more of us still alive if safety had been addressed while we were young.

The rate of childhood death has fallen for every age group (infant, child and teenager) perhaps because fewer kids die when they fall off their bike now they are wearing helmets.

https://www.childtrends.org/indicato...een-mortality/
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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OR perhaps because they are all playing video games instead of riding bikes.

Of course this gives great finger co-ordination, but ask them about plumbing, electric, heating, any household need and watch the blank stare. Life can be VERY safe, if you never move off the couch.

I am GUESSING obesity is up, so as they grow older, and more sedentary, health care costs will also increase. I can tell you for certain, mechanical aptitude is WAY down from our parents' generation until now.

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Amen Ed! In most areas you do not see the amount of children out playing like one used to.
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Good post, Ed! I'm amazed at the number of the younger generation who don't even know how to change a tire or check a battery. Let's not even get started with how many of them don't own a screwdriver, much less a basic household tool set. (Note: I gave my stepson and his wife a basic tool kit for Christmas last year. It was their first, and he just turned 40 years old.) SHEESH!!
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Both of my daughters received a complete tool kit when they moved out on their own. My left high school for the Marine Corps so he was given his.


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They won't die as children falling off their bikes but will have diabetes by 50 and a heart attack by 55...
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Old 12-06-2017, 05:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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Default You know, it is a wonder any of us "oldies" are alive today!

One more reason you should spend time in the shop with your kids turning pens.
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Good thoughts, Ed !

I gave my pair of grandsons a brand new Meccano set each a while back, through a third party (my wife). . Never heard from the kids. . A few weeks went by before I saw them. . I asked them how they liked the Meccano. . They told me that their mom took the sets away and wouldn't let them play with them ... they are only allowed Lego. . These boys are 7 and 10 .... time they were learning about screwdrivers and wrenches.

So much for the development of their mechanical aptitudes !
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A stick, the string from the Sunday Paper, a sturdy scout knife and I was set for the summer.

I was 13 when my stepfather saved enough Blue Chip and Green Stamps for a color TV.

Now 6 and 7 year olds are running around with Apple Watches....
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