How many of you can appreciate this ?
40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80'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 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. Riding in the back of a Bakkie on a warm day was
always a special treat.
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, Steers, Nandos.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm 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 could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and
buy Chappies, Wilson 's Toffees, Wicks Bubble Gum and some crackers 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.
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 river beds with matchbox cars. We did not have
Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on
DSTV, 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
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time.......no
We were given pellet guns and catapults 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!
RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who
didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into
the team was based on MERIT AND NOT DUE TO BLACKMAIL, THREATS AND GUILT FROM
THE PAST..... strange but true!
Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather staps and bully's
always 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 didn't invent stupid names for their kids like "Kiora" and
"Blade" and "Ridge" and "Vanilla" 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
And YOU are one of them!