WE WAS BRUNG UP PROPER !!
“And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993”!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, Bex, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or any cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots 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 or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags, or in the back of a Ute.
We drank water from the garden hose, or a bubbler and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, or Subway .
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00 pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Bubble Gum and some ‘crackers’ to blow up frogs with.
We ate copious biscuits, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with heaps of sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
Out of school 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 out looking for us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams, or fruit boxes and ball bearings and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. Our bikes had back pedal brakes, but only for as long as the chain stayed on. We built tree houses and dens and played in creek beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have PlayStations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY, No video/DVD films, 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 from these accidents.
Only girls had pierced ears!
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…
We were given air guns or cap guns, and catapults for our 10th birthdays
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the back door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!
RUGBY and CRICKET had try outs and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on
Our teachers used to hit us hard with canes, straps and gym shoes.
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’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Lotus’
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
And IF YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.
PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age.
Can you remember these times too ?