Received an email today that I thought you might like to read, these are not my words but reflect on many occasions the way us pensioners look at things when the world around us gives cause for utter bewilderment in the state we have got ourselves into in this country.
It read something like the following:
Were you born in the 1930’s 1940’s, 50’s or 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, 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 childhood 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 a Sunday, somehow we didn’t starve to death !
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and ON 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 but 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 had forgotten 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 900 channels on SKY, No video/dvd films, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms . . . . . . . . . BUT !
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 friends house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them !
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 and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R’s education. Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. THEY ACTUALLY SIDED WITH THE LAW !
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
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