CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1920s, 30s 40s, 50s, 60s and 70's !! (I would like to add that even though I grew up in the 80s - this applies to me too!)
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and drank while
they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn't get
tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright
colored 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,or Subway.
Even though all the shops closed at5.30pm 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 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 scraps and then ride
down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree
houses and cubby houses and played in ditches with matchbox cars.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at
all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound,
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.
We were given airguns and sling shots 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!
Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had
to learn to deal with disappointment.
Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather staps and
bullies 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 got married before they had children and didn't invent
stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade'
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem
solvers and inventors ever!
The past 70 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!