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to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 3:34 am
by aussie sufferer

1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and 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, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because......


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 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.

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 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!

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts 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 with canes and gym shoes and bully's always ruled the playground at school.

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


And YOU are one of them!


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.

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

Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 1:35 pm
by Rebecca
Ahhhh, the good ol' days! AMEN to that post & thanks!

Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 9:04 pm
by tiggida
hahah, awesome post. I was born in 77, so late 70's but i remember growing up like that...the good ol days indeed

Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 25th, 2011, 10:04 pm
by mommylondon
I was born in 1970 so this post literally brought a tear to my eye and a sense of awe when I sit back and realize how much has really changed. I really wish my kids could have had the same childhood. Kids really are not allowed to be kids anymore, so sad.

Thanks for this post, what an eye opener.

Robynn :D

Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 12:56 am
by msm
Excellent post I remember those days and yes you are right, things have changed and some not for the better but we were lucky to grow up in the era that we did. :D


Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: April 26th, 2011, 11:41 am
by Cardu
Good one. I was born in 1970 and you are exactly right! Brings back good memories...thanks

Re: to all the 'old farts' interesting take!

PostPosted: May 16th, 2011, 6:54 pm
by MissBehavin
Born in '70. Loved my childhood! Have kids of my own now...I also have a sex offender down the street, a teacher that says my straight "A" daughter day dreams too much, and some wack job that has been trying to abduct children in my county for the last week! Times have changed-or maybe we just hear about more now. I actually tried to become an ex-pat and guess what? The country we wanted to move to wouldn't take us! Who knew!