Friday, June 16, 2006

LC: What We Can’t Do

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while 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 took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat 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 bread 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 O.K.

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 HAD FRIENDS 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 ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told itwould happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for 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 broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

They said we couldn’t write Christian books—we didn’t have a master’s in English, seminary training and we couldn’t quote Bible chapter and verse, but we did! And God blessed our faithfulness! We took God’s love to many who needed it, to those who were hurting and to those who needed encouragement yet they said we couldn’t do this without the above.

Our work didn’t garner rewards, acclimations, Christys or Gold Medallions—not here anyway, but still we toiled.

Go write your book, tell your story and let God decide who’s right and who’s wrong.

Much love,

Lori Copeland lives and writes in Missouri. Check out her zillions of books at


At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lori: Good post. Fun and true. It is amazing how much "life" has changed since we were kids. Do you suppose every generation says the same thing, only with different examples? Or is this truly a bigger difference than previous generations?

It feels WAY different to me.

At 10:39 AM, Blogger PatriciaW said...

Love this post! I was just having a similiar conversation with my carpool buddy--he a 40-something, pot-bellied father of five and I a 40-something overweight mother of 3. Life was so different then...and we survived!

Building on michael ehret's comment, I want to say that our generation has a bigger difference than between previous generations but I'm not sure that's true. My mother was a Depression era baby. She recalls the world changing in vast ways that I can't imagine, and only take for granted. Liek me, she too feels the world was safer for her generation and that so much of the changes she witnessed were technologically oriented.

So the only constant is change. I would posit that the advances in technology seen by each generation bring a lesser sense of safety, security, and comfort, rather than the expected opposite, and that this does not bode well for future generations. More reason to "disconnect" our children from their electronic tethers and to introduce them to the world as we once knew it.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I *do* like the way your mind works, gal! Great post!



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