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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Something different

A very good, and old friend sent me an e-mail this morning. 
I don't usually do these, but I thought it was too good not to share.


Congratulations to all my friends born in the 1940's, '50's and '60's

First we survived being born to mothers who smoked and drank while they carried us, and lived in houses made of asbestos..........

They took Aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Our cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no child proof lids on medicine bottles, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets or knee pads.

As children we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose, and not from a bottle.
Take-away food was limited to fish and chips; no pizza shops, MacDonald's, KFC, Subway, or Nandos.
Even though all the shops closed at 6 p.m. and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!
We shared one soft drink between four friends, and no-one actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles, and cash them in at the corner shop and buy toffees, gobstoppers and bubblegum.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter.
Drank milk from the cow, and drank soft drinks with sugar in them; 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 street lights came on.
No-one was able to reach us all day.
And we were OK.

We would spend hours building go-carts out of old prams, and then ride them down the hill, only to find we had forgotten the brakes.
We built tree houses and camps, and played in river beds.
We did not have Nintendo, Wii, X-boxes, no videos or DVD films or colour TV.
No mobile 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.

Only girls had pierced ears.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms didn't live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter eggs and hot cross buns at Easter time.
We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th Birthdays.
We rode bikes, or walked to a friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them.
Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet., because we didn't need to keep up with the Jones's.

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team.
Those that didn't, had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Imagine that!!
Getting into the team was based on MERIT.
Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren't concentrating.
We can string sentences together and spell because of a good, solid three R's education.
Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us across the road.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora', 'Blade' and 'Vanilla'.

And YOU were one of them.
You might like to share this with others who had the good luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you're at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.


Enjoy your day.


  1. Have seen a few variations on this and for those of us of 'a certain age' most of it is soooo true. We learned from our mistakes to survive in the world and remembered what we learned.

  2. WoW, I hate to admit to doing half the things on that list, BUT.. I did! Guess that makes us about the same age!

    The one that stood out the most for me..

    Drank milk from the cow, and drank soft drinks with sugar in them; but we weren't overweight because...we were always outside playing! I feel so bad for all the kids nowdays who are being raised in front of the television, computer and video games, and have no imagination what-so-ever!

  3. This described my childhood to a T...except I was a country girl and spent my day rambling through the woods and down dirt roads with my friends..
    FUN stuff Keith!!

  4. Aaahhh! Those were the days, and every word of it true!!...[;o)

  5. Thanks John. Yea, great days. When I read this it brought back so many memories.

    Thanks Wanda, totally agree about todays kids.

    Thank you Sondra. I don't think kids are allowed to be kids these days.

  6. If I had a time machine Trevor......

  7. This was my childhood but like Sondra I lived on a farm and roamed the woods and had chickens to chase and a pony to ride.
    Thanks for the bring-up great memories!

  8. Thanks Jean.
    Some of the new ideas and technology are no doubt good, but I can't help thinking life back in 'our' childhood, was so much better.

  9. even with all of our conveniences, i do miss those simpler days...

  10. hey there, my swampy friend! i know i havent been buy in a long time, mostly because i forget about blogger - too busy with wordpress, and too many other things! but i am making a concerted effort to be here more often!
    so, i looked through all your beautiful shots. they just get better!

  11. Me too Theresa. :-)

    Kirstin, thank you; and good to see you. :-)

  12. -We got our own Red Rider BB Gun on our 12th birthday.
    -We were taught that we could be anything as long as we worked hard enough.
    -We were taught hard work was good for us.
    -We were taught that if we needed or wanted something we had to work for it.
    -We were taught that we were responsible for ourselves.
    -We were taught no one owed us anything.
    -We were taught to save for things and not buy on credit
    -We were taught that if we fell down it was our responsibility to pick ourselves back up and try again!

  13. I remember it all well Keith.

  14. I'm not the first to say it Keith but you have just shared my (fantastic) childhood.
    Mum made jam from crab apples damsons and blackberry's and Dad gave me my first taste of alcohol with his elderberry wine... I could ramble on all day.. Thanks for that.

  15. Well, some things are better and some things are worse. I guess that's just the way it is.

  16. How true, remember doing most of that, lol

  17. Me too Roy :-)

    Great times Andrew :-)

    Thanks Barbara. I think these days, a lot of things are too easy.

    Thanks Bob. :-)

  18. Fond memories Keith... and it made us what we are today ... survivors.

  19. Hi Keith, Incredibly true:) I had to walk across fields and a railway line to school and back home again after school, on my own. I roamed the countryside with my brother during our school holidays. When I watch the 70s on Top of the Pops, I can't help noticing how thin we were in those days.

  20. I was born in the very late sixties, and most of the stuff mentioned sounds familiar. I'm afraid I blame much of the cultural decline on the rise of the P.C., nanny-state Leftists (don't much care for Capitalist Rightists, either!)- but then I'm like that, and a prematurely 'Grumpy Old Man'!

  21. Thanks Linda. One of the things I noticed missing from this list was 'the getting to school'. No big, thirsty cars to take us; we walked, like yourself), or got on our bikes; whatever the weather.

    Totally agree Jeremy. We've become far too soft in our lifestyles and outlook. Time for a change.

  22. Love this!! I think parents have progressively become overprotective. My dad used to tell us we weren't allowed to cry unless something was broken or we were bleeding. :-)

  23. I could identify with almost all of these, Keith. It does seem as if kids today are missing out on so much, with their eyes glued to some sort of electronic screen and their thumbs flying over tiny keyboards. We see them sometimes on our travels, as a car pulls into a scenic overlook next to us and one or two remain behind in the car, never even glancing at the view before them.

  24. Totally agree Linda. I think youngsters are missing out on so much, and it's such a shame.
    The future looks pretty grim.

  25. Great stuff there Keith only thing i didnt have was the cain :) , we loved summer hols up in Brickhill woods,straight up there in the morning back at tea time :) happy days