(WYTV) - Remember the good ol' days?
Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a treat.
We drank water from a garden hose, not from a bottle.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, and drank soda pop with sugar and stayed thin because we were always outside playing.
We would leave home in the morning and return only for lunch or when the streetlights came on -- and no one was able to reach us.
We had no Playstations, no cable, no cell phones, no internet. We had friends and found them.
We got BB guns for our 10th birthday and very few eyes were shot out.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who did not had to learn to live with disappointment.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. Mom and dad sided with the law.
What happened to this generation? It produced the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever, thanks to freedom, failure, success and responsibility.