Posted by: Admin | April 4, 2011

How did we survive past childhood?

Thanks to Sally for sending me this round-robin email. In my opinion, sensible, age-appropriate precautions and supervision aside, over-protective parents harm their children’s development when they wrap them in cotton wool. It sounds like I am not alone:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and even early 70’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, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer
.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured 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.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm 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, Gob stoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate biscuits, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks 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 street lights 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 old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river 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.

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 and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

 

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

FOOTBALL, 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

MERIT

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’

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO
DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And YOU are one of them!

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

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Responses

  1. I do think that in so many ways we were a privileged generation. I did most of those things and was very happy doing it. It wasn’t all good but a lot of the good things from those days has be lost. Love the picture from one of my favorite places.

  2. I’m lucky to be alive but I pity my grandchildren.

  3. Love this post, it evokes so many memories, blackberry picking and taking them home for mum to make a pie, putting a lolly stick in the spokes of your bike and thinking that noise was just brilliant!
    I think without knowing it we were pretty chilled out kids….there was freedom just to be us, what a carefree time, I did’nt know it at the time!!
    Nowadays the kids are probably frustrated as they are constantly reminded by ads and the media, telling them that they can “have it all” !!

  4. Thank you all for your comments 😉
    “Kids today” don’t know any different, so are probably perfectly happy. It wasn’t as if those days were less dangerous, mind – remember the Moors murders etc? BUt we did have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them without adults hovering and controlling our every move!


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