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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Pearls, 28 April 2016.

  1. Pearls

    Pearls Site Owner Staff Admin

    TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED
    The 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's

    First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

    Then after that trauma, our baby cribs 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, not to mention, the risks we took hitch-hiking.

    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    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 soda pop 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. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

    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 cell 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.

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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!

    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.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
     
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  2. Yes and now look at you all.. raving lunatics hahaha xxx
     
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  3. Pearls

    Pearls Site Owner Staff Admin

    What happened :D:p
     
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  4. Looby&Lew

    Looby&Lew PV Sprtr

    Not only all of the above but we drank unpasteurised milk and if you found the paper from sweet bags had stuck to your sweets you ate that as well.

    If you dropped food on the floor you picked the bits off and ate it and half the time you didn't even bother with that.

    You swam in the local ponds and rivers and canals that were full of duck sh*t and everything else.:eek:

    You built dens in woods and trees.

    You lived your childhood to the max and as you so rightly said @Pearls we survived.:D
     
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  5. Pearls

    Pearls Site Owner Staff Admin

    Very true, when I was little we were poor, my dad was a coal miner and we struggled, I had one pair of shoes for school and had to go bare foot out to play, I had two pairs of socks that were washed every night in the sink, we were always clean even though we bathed only on a Sunday and shared, we ate only home cooked food, mostly corned beef and sandwiches were sugar and butter or if mam was flushed we had jam, we new how to have fun and I say to my children when they ask " mam how do I know what time to come in".. When I was little I knew or would hear my mam shouting on the doorstep and we heard.... Loved every bit of it xxx
     
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  6. Looby&Lew

    Looby&Lew PV Sprtr

    As a family we were I suppose relatively well off. But family values were so important. We had absolute respect for our parents and grown ups in general. I know that financially we were better off than a lot and we always had holidays. Those are the best memories.....it was always sunny (or so it seemed ) and we played on the beach from about 10 in the morning until 7 at night. All we had was a bucket and spade and an imagination. No foreign holidays .......no need either. I have cine film converted to video from our childhoods x
     
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  7. Pearls

    Pearls Site Owner Staff Admin

    Yes same here no holidays abroad and was always a caravan somewhere, it was always sunny and great fun xx
     
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  8. A very different world indeed. A much simpler way of life and I often miss those times. Happy not to be growing up in the world today. My kids wouldn't know what had hit them. I guess we had it easier than our parents, so I guess it follows that our little darlings have life made easier by us. Great times to grow up though, had a ball! xx
     
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  9. Lovernotfighter

    Lovernotfighter PV Sprtr

    Growing up I the early nineties wasnt much different apart from councils seemed to have the idea concrete much be laid under every swing, slide and set of monkey bars I think I was about the only kid in school that managed to survive without a broken limb. We did get to come though and play sonic the hedgehog.
     
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  10. I recommend hunting down a recent BBC2 series Back in Time for the Weekend

    In this a nominal average family lived through the last 60 years a decade at a time and what became available to normal people and when, and what they spent their time on will raise a few smiles. It's not currently on Iplayer but available online in other places
     
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  11. Looby&Lew

    Looby&Lew PV Sprtr

    This was a brilliant series and having been born in the sixties a lot of the stuff Lew and I remembered x
     
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  12. meandlis

    meandlis Admin Admin Sprtr

  13. Looby&Lew

    Looby&Lew PV Sprtr

    Not seen that for a long time. ...still very funny
     
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  14. I was never fussed by the sonic hype. I'm just a little older than you, in the 80s we had a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, played paperboy on it, but my mum and Aunty hogged the computer all day and night, I loved being outside making mud pies and paddling barefoot in puddles
     
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  15. Lovernotfighter

    Lovernotfighter PV Sprtr

    We had a ZX spectum too, I too loved being outside but that might of being because the lovely old lady next door used to give me home made biscuits or bread
     
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  16. haha, no way! What a computer eh? Took a day to load a bloody game!
     
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  17. wouldnt want to bring a child in to todays world.
    technology has moved on so much and im fascinated to see what the world looks like in 20 years, but good god, i dont think it will be a pleasant place to live, and the stress kids suffer even these days with online bullying and the like, its only going one way.
    very very happy to have been a 70s/80s kid
     
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  18. Admin

    Admin Administrator Admin

    This worries me a lot. Our children are from their early 20's to 8 years of age, and I for one am constantly worried about the way the world is going... We both are, but I worry more than @Pearls about it.
    I much preferred things from a few years ago.
    I blame technology for the huge culture change.. I really do. It's not nice..
     
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  19. Life was indeed much simpler and in my view happier in the 60's 70's and 80's. So much of this thread has made me smile when I think about the past....
    Did anybody else make Tar babies?....little figures made from the gas tar and dust , in hot weather the tar between the cobbles used to melt and bubble up and you could scrape it out with a stick and mix it with dust to create a mouldable sticky clay. I used to get covered in it and my mother had to rub butter on my hands and face to get it off! Another annoying thing she did was to spit on a hanky and wipe my face if I had a dirty mark on it during sunday school!
    I put worms through my grandmas mangle and stretched them almost two foot long!...the big blood sucker types you dont see much anymore :)......and speaking of things you don't see much anymore...when was the last time you saw white dog sh*t?....the streets round our way used to be covered in it!!
    Arrow bars and root licorice, Marathons and Treets instead of snickers and MnM's...and does anybody remember Aztec bars?....
    As I got older there was fun and games like tie-ing a piece of rope around two front door handles on the terraces near us, knocking loudly on both doors at the same time....and then retreating to a safe vantage point to watch the doors open and slam in succession as the irate homeowners tried desperately to keep their door open to get out and bollock us :) ....another naughty trick was wrapping dog sh*t in crumpled newspaper and setting fire to it on a doorstep...then after knocking the door...watching the man come out in his slippers and stamp it out ;)..... (And I wonder why my life is so hard now sometimes! ...Karma can be a bitch lol)
     
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  20. Admin

    Admin Administrator Admin

    Exactly! (y)
     
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  21. Looby&Lew

    Looby&Lew PV Sprtr

    Really James you are such a bad man....but very funny. Pmsl xx:rofl::D
     
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  22. yer see the fun you posh ones missed out on? ;) XX
     
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  23. and anyway....how did you know it was me and not Jenny??? :(
     
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  24. Pearls

    Pearls Site Owner Staff Admin

    Brilliant guys, I remember eating clover in the parks if we were hungry, loved it when the pop man came, the street would be lined with kids and the empties waiting for the pennies back, half penny sweets was all we knew as a treat and that would have been a Friday when dad brought his pay home to mam, we never locked the door and the street would be bussling with chat, women wearing rollers and a scarf, ciggy hanging out of their mouths... Best times :):)
     
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