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happycat Fri 02-Apr-04 12:05:27

Sent this today and had mixed emotions when I read it
> >
> > -----
> > Ah, those were the days. This came from my daughter, makes you think.
> > Jen
> > ******************
> >
> > According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
> > >kids
> > >in the 50's, 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived
> > >because...
> > >Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint
> > >was promptly chewed and licked.
> > >
> > >We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or
> > >cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.
> > >
> > >When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and
> fluorescent
> > >'clackers' on our wheels.
> > >
> > >As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags -
> riding
> > >in the passenger seat was a treat.
> > >
> > >We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted
> the
> > >same.
> > >
> > >We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy
> > >with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always
> > >outside playing.
> > >
> > >We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and
> > >actually died from this.
> > >
> > >We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top
> > >speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After
> > >into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
> > >
> > >We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were
> > >back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us all day and no one
> > >minded.
> > >
> > >We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
> > >channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
> > >no personal computers, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends - we went
> > >outside and found them.
> > >
> > >We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really
> > >hurt.
> > >
> > >We fell out of trees, got cut and broken bones and teeth, and there
> no
> > >lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing
> > >
> > >We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue we
> to
> >
> > >get over it.
> > >
> > >We walked to friend's homes.
> > >
> > >We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school, we didn't rely on mummy
> > >daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner.
> > >
> > >We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff and,
> > >although we were told it would happen, we did not have very many eyes
> out,
> > >nor did the live stuff live inside us forever.
> > >
> > >We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.
> > >
> > >Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.
> > >
> > >The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of.
> They
> > >actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
> > >
> > >This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem
> > >solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion
> > >innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
> > >responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
> > >
> > >And you're one of them. Congratulations!
> > >
> > >Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as real kids,
> > >before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
> > >
> > >For those of you who aren't old enough, thought you might like to read
> > >about us.
> > >
> > >This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a
> smile
> > >on your face:
> > >
> > >The majority of students in universities today were born in
> 1983.......They
> > >are called youth.
> > >
> > >They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the
> > >Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.
> > >
> > >They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda
> Carlisle.
> > >
> > >For them, there has always been only one Germany and two Vietnams.
> > >
> > >AIDS has existed since they were born.
> > >
> > >CD's have existed since they were born.
> > >
> > >Michael Jackson has always been white.
> > >
> > >To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can't
> imagine
> > >how this fat guy could be a God of dance.
> > >
> > >They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are just new
> > >films out last year.
> > >
> > >They think that N-Trance "set you free" is an Old Skool song.
> > >
> > >They can never imagine life before computers.
> > >
> > >They've never heard of Pac-Man or Space Invaders or BBC computers that
> have
> > >Bat n Ball games.
> > >
> > >They'll never have thought Jazz was the sexiest aftershave ever.
> > >
> > >They'll never have pretended to be the A Team, Red Hand Gang or the
> Famous
> > >Five.
> > >
> > >They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.
> > >
> > >They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and don't
> even
> > >know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.
> > >
> > >And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a
> > >mobile phone.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Now let's check if we're getting old...
> > >
> > >1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
> > >
> > >2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night
> out.
> > >
> > >3. Your friends are getting married.
> > >
> > >4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably
> with
> > >computers.
> > >
> > >5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
> > >
> > >6. You've developed more and more feelings about your work. It's now
> > >life.
> > >
> > >7. You spend less and less time talking on phone with your friends
> > >
> > >8. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old
> > >days, repeating again and again all funny stories you have experienced
> > >together.
> > >
> > >9. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some
> > >friends because you think they will like it too...
> > >
> > >Yes, you're getting older !!!!
> > >

Northerner Fri 02-Apr-04 12:11:23

Agree with every word - especially the first one.

Mermaid2 Fri 02-Apr-04 12:22:08

How true, especially the bit about staying out all day. A huge gang of us spent all day over the park and only ever went home for a drink. Not a worry in the world. Sad it is not like that any more.

Posey Fri 02-Apr-04 21:02:09

You've just summed up my entire childhood and now I fell all goose-bumpy
Am going to send it to my sis right now!

miranda2 Fri 02-Apr-04 21:13:31

This is how I intend to raise my son - get funny looks when I let him climb or something and if he falls off say 'whoops' and let him learn, or let him eat unwashed grapes in the supermarke () (actually, today, unwashed grapes on the way home from the greengrocers - one fell off and rolled away so i picked it up off the pavement (dry, no obvious turds) and gave it to him - got a very odd look from passersby but hey, it never did me any harm).
Why are parents so paranoid today???

hercules Fri 02-Apr-04 21:17:11

Good post but remember some people do die or are seriously injured by not wearing seatbelts or helmet cycles.

hercules Fri 02-Apr-04 21:17:50

Sorry, just read my post ahnd it sounds very stupid and patronising.

hercules Fri 02-Apr-04 21:18:17

How embarrasing.

Jollymum Sat 03-Apr-04 19:13:44


magnum Sat 03-Apr-04 19:56:45

Wow, that made me think! How very true it all is and also how very very sad. Did make me smile though! 'why don't you.... I used to loooooooove that programme

papillon Sat 03-Apr-04 20:02:23

I received this one a while back and remember boys doing this with their jackets....

We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.

That cracks me up.

Growing up with lots of cousins were always playing bullrush... making dodgy huts in the hay barn and in the hedge. Seeing how many people could hang off the swing in the barn - we lived and I do not remember any broken bones going down... just the occasional bruise.

jac34 Sat 03-Apr-04 20:04:25

We got sent this by a friend, and DH commented that he always wore his coat only by the hood.

papillon Sat 03-Apr-04 20:07:28

wearing flipflops and reeaalllyy short shorts!

hercules Sat 03-Apr-04 20:10:57

Can someone please tell me who those kids were on why dont you. I was so jealous and still seeth about it today!!!!

tinyganghq Sat 03-Apr-04 20:44:41

Anyone remember the DoubleDeckers? A load of kids living on a Doubledecker bus (no adults around, obviously). Bizarre - but I thought it was all quite normal at the time!

Kayleigh Sat 03-Apr-04 20:54:03

oooh tinyganghq, my uncle was a camera man on DoubleDeckers. Well that's my great claim to fame. Sad I know

And yes, I remember it very well.

handlemecarefully Sat 03-Apr-04 23:11:42

I've seen this before and I actually find it quite irritating...oh those halycon days when 'medicine bottles didn't have child proof lids' - yeah right!

And riding in a car without seatbelts / car seats and air bags - yes fantastic.

Sorry to be caustic - not directed at you happycat. Its just that this presses my buttons

happycat Sat 03-Apr-04 23:16:04

I loved space invaders and we had a binatone computer game with the tennis.I can't imagine the kids of today playing that for hours like we did.

Paula71 Sat 03-Apr-04 23:35:17

Maybe we should be sad that children now have no awe. They are so pragmatic, it is truly tragic. Most of them are made to grow up quickly.

I told my nephew that he shouldn't give his action men toys away, he is only 8, as he will be an adult far too quickly. And then he will spend all his time wishing he was young again!

The village I grew up in has a very small river running past it. One of the trees hung over the river, quite precariously, and of course the older kids made a swing. Health and Safety would have a coronary if they had seen us swinging merrily, 15' above a shallow river! Only one boy fell off, broke his arm, but that was his fault, no talk of suing and the swing didn't get taken down.

The kids that live there now just hang about morosely, they have no idea how to play!

mummytojames Sat 03-Apr-04 23:48:08

i was born in the 80s and after reading that i feel realy old now as far as i can let it i want my ds to have the same fun as i did sad as it may seem i had my first computer at 16 it was my dads old one and he brought it secound hand and yes i admit it i had a black and white tv it was my grandfarthers old one my first tv and i loved it and cried when it broke because the picture wasnt as good on color

handlemecarefully Sat 03-Apr-04 23:48:36

But this monologue (or whatever you want to call it) reminds me of Percy Sugden (see I'm that old too) pontificating in the Rovers Return about when he was a lad they had national service and there was never any crime...etc, etc....i've over-romanticising and idealising the past

I'm taking this far too seriously aren't I - must go off to bed!

BadHair Sat 03-Apr-04 23:54:10

Actually, this wasn't my childhood at all. I'm an only child who lived on a very busy main road, so my parents kept me practically locked in a cupboard throughout the seventies and early eighties.
I think that one of the reasons why kids today don't do these things is that we as parents discourage or prevent them, due to our own fears of something bad happening to them. Kids aren't allowed to disappear off all day because we are frightened them being abducted or harmed if they are out of our sight.
I read somewhere that child abduction statistics are no higher than they were in Victorian times. I guess the lurid media coverage of the rare cases fuels our fears so we just daren't take the risk of giving our children this freedom just in case our worst nightmares are realised.
Sad old world isn't it?

mummytojames Sat 03-Apr-04 23:54:39

has anyone ever thought that if they done away with half of these rules and regs there would be far less trouble of the kids bcause they wouldnt get bored so quickly which means they would be getting into trouble so quickly also bring back what we had the parents punnished you not some nicey nice social worker asking why did you do it i was alway scared of getting into serios trouble forget the police my mother would have locked me up and took the key home with her to teach me a leason then kill me when i got home crickey i cant belive im remembering this
oh and bring back mothers favorite words you are grounded indefinatley shame realy parents cant do that now children were alot more disaplined or a lot more cleaver not to get caught

maryz Sun 04-Apr-04 20:52:11

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