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We had it pretty good in our day!

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Britabroad Mon 19-May-03 22:46:51

My friend just mailed me this which I agree with and thought mumsnetters may agree too?

> 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
> which 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 front passenger seat was a treat.
>
> We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle - tasted
> the same.
>
> We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy
> pop 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 no
> one 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
> running
> 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 Playstations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99
> channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile
> phones, 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 broke bones and teeth, and there were
> no
> lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not to do the same thing
> again.
>
> We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue - we
> learned
> to get over it.
>
> We walked to friend's homes.
>
> 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
> of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and
> responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all

griffy Mon 19-May-03 22:52:22

Ah - nostalgia - it ain't what it used to be!

whymummy Mon 19-May-03 23:01:54

i received it as well in spanish and it actually brought tears to my eyes i do believe we had the best childhood and is a shame our children will never have the same freedom

robinw Tue 20-May-03 06:31:48

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SoupDragon Tue 20-May-03 07:55:03

Robinw, my DH still isn't able to cope with losing and he comes from the "sports day" generation!

I also have the scar from falling off my bike with no pads...

ks Tue 20-May-03 08:22:21

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spacemonkey Tue 20-May-03 08:29:15

Britabroad, that brought tears to my eyes!

breeze Tue 20-May-03 08:32:24

My god I am only 29 and even I can remember some of them, rememeber falling off my brothers chopper and I still have the scar on my knee.

breeze Tue 20-May-03 08:33:03

Yeah just read that and that sounds a little ruse, chopper was my brothers bike.

jac34 Tue 20-May-03 08:59:57

I don't think I was ever taken to A&E,as a child after banging my head.
My family practically have our own seat there !!!

dottyparker Tue 20-May-03 09:10:18

remember spcae dust?

dottyparker Tue 20-May-03 09:10:29

space dust too!

Britabroad Tue 20-May-03 09:39:44

THe stuff that used to explode in your mouth.
Think kellogs had a packet of similar stuff in with rice krispies a while ago too.
Space dust was fab!!

Mum2Toby Tue 20-May-03 09:41:23

Ah Space dust....... them were days.... and Wham Bars..... WOW!

Mum2Toby Tue 20-May-03 09:42:23

ROFL Breeze!! Fantastic typo.....

Britabroad Tue 20-May-03 09:44:01

My brother had a bike called a grifter.
Do you remember those.

Britabroad Tue 20-May-03 09:46:29

Oh and I used to read Jackie magasine and snog my Duran poster!
As we were moving I found my old album collection. My Dd picked up a record and said " What are these Mummy?". I felt as old as my Nan !!

Britabroad Tue 20-May-03 09:47:30

Did anyone out there have a "Purdie" hair cut? I thought I was sooooooooo cool.

janh Tue 20-May-03 09:58:36

ks, you know what you said about the endless dragging boredom? As I recall schooldays, each term felt like about 6 months and even the summer holidays felt like about 3...time used to go so slowly...

Now it flies by, I thought it was just cos I am soooo oooold, but it flies for my kids too - what's that all about then? (Obviously school is far too enjoyable, they don't suffer like we did!)

JanZ Tue 20-May-03 10:19:11

I admit it - I too had a "Purdee" cut. it was hell to keep looking good. If only I had so much time to be bothered now!

Furball Tue 20-May-03 10:38:03

Mum instructed the hairdresser to do a purdee after much 'please,please please' from me - Only one problem, she insisted I couldn't have the layers at the back, so, um, just a 'page boy' then really.

breeze Tue 20-May-03 10:42:42

I had a rat's tail haircut. Oh my god.

Britabroad Tue 20-May-03 10:48:35

My mate had "the Flick", which was hairsprayed everyday and blew in the wind as a solid block.
I had an eighties perm too!

edgarcat Tue 20-May-03 11:40:12

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Dahlia Tue 20-May-03 11:44:10

We only had icecream when it was our birthday. And spangles were my favourite sweets.

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