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How we survived!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    From my luffly friend Kinsa!


    -
    1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's

    First, we survived being born to mothers who 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 Red Rooster.


    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 WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!


    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 cubbies 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!



    FOOTBALL
    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
    <u>MERIT</u>



    Our teachers used to hit us with straps and sand shoes and bully'salways 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
    DEAL WITH IT ALL !




    And 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.


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





    PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore
     
  2. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    From my luffly friend Kinsa!


    -
    1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's

    First, we survived being born to mothers who 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 Red Rooster.


    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 WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!


    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 cubbies 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!



    FOOTBALL
    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
    <u>MERIT</u>



    Our teachers used to hit us with straps and sand shoes and bully'salways 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
    DEAL WITH IT ALL !




    And 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.


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





    PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore
     
  3. I was recently reminiscing with our oldest family friends about the picnics we kids went on. We would disappear for hours - our parents having no idea where we were - with a bottle of squash and jam sandwiches which we had made ourselves, having cut the bread with a pair of scissors! I was the oldest - probably aged 8 and the youngest was 4!.
     
  4. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I know Kinsa....scary eh? We just rocked on off and turned up again when we thought it might be tea time! The thing is....our parents didn't worry a jot!
    Happy days [​IMG]
     
  5. Sorry, BDJ, I can't stand these stupid "we survived...blah, blah..."
    For every 1000 kids that survive stupid, risk taking behaviour, one won't.
    Here's my list of what I "survived", unscathed
    <ol>[*]unprotected sex[*]immense amounts of alcohol[*]smoking[*]walking through dark streets alone at 2am[*]getting pis.s.ed at perching on the edge of a high building *still shudders* at that one</ol>All stupid stuff that I survived more by luck than by judgement. Life is there to be enjoyed, yes, but that is not an excuse to be blase about risk. I get annoyed when I see this type of "...it's health and safety gone maaaaaaad!" posts.
     
  6. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    Oh Bunty....where's your sense of FUN!?

    1. Done
    2. Done (and still doing)
    3. Never
    4. Still do, on occassions
    5. Not on high buildings but in many otger unsuitable places.
    I can't help but think you have missed the point (and if you knew Kinsa in RL you'd agree)
    [​IMG]
    The world has moved on, but not necessarily made progress.
     
  7. Yeah, but it's easy to look back and see things through rose tinted glasses.
     
  8. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    I know....but most of the stuff quoted is actually TRUE!
    That's the scary bit [​IMG]
     
  9. cinnamonsquare

    cinnamonsquare Occasional commenter

    I survived most of these (I'll add doctor-approved smoking whilst my mum was pregnant too). But I was born in the 80s. Can I still have a pat on the back?
     
  10. Yes! I was worrrying about my own kids then!!
     
  11. I think the original piece was more about younger children who were not mollycoddled, rather than risky behaviour by older kids.
     
  12. THAT WAS FUN! Thanks, Belle!


    Just seeing what we did survive and how much fun has been squished out of life these days makes me feel sad that there always has to be a come down......
    Sorry buntycat, but all the daft, stupid, dangerous things we did as kids/teenagers made us the people we are now.
    No more kids die now than did then and each death was as sad and wasteful then as now, so I firmly believe that we are stifling children and making them in to somehow 'lesser than', certainly they are now fit for quite a different purpose than we we were made!
     
  13. BelleDuJour

    BelleDuJour Star commenter

    YES!!!!
    PS have not forgotten rice pud recipe Pobble....will get around to it but just recovering from sleeping off bottle of bubbly, bottle of pinot noir and sloe gin (hic!)
     

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