Are you one of them

Are you one of them !!

1920’s, 30’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 and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin or Bex and 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 coloured lead-based paints and they used real nappies on us…..god forbid!

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, no brakes and 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 Ute 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,
no Maccas, KFC, Subway or Red Rooster and they were wrapped in lead laden newspaper (that made ‘em taste soooo nice!!!).

Even though all the shops closed way before 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!….bloody amazing that!!!
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 fruit tingles and some crackers to blow up frogs with.
We ate pikelets, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when Mum had tea ready.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We survived.
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 creek beds with matchbox cars…..and made cubbies out of blankets over the beds.
We did not have Play Stations, 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 found them and played with 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.
You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter
time…….No really!
We were given BB guns and sling shots for our 10th birthdays,
We even drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga in 1956.
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. Imagine that!!
Our teachers sometimes hit us with big sticks and leather straps and bullies always ruled the playground at school. We learned to cope though and we were all fine.

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 ‘Moonshine’ 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
And YOU are one of them!
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?!

PS -The big type is because your eyes are shot at your age

Are you one of them

Wayne Holman

Joined November 2007

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