According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 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 ‘spokey dokey’s’ on our wheels. As children, we would
ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger
seat was a treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it
tasted the same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank
fizzy juice 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
We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as
we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no
We did not have Play stations 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 DVDs, no Internet chat rooms.
We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics
and rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of
trees, got cut, and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had
full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents.
We played chap-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the
owners catching us.
We walked to friends’ homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to
school; we didn’t rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which
was just round the corner.
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs
of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard
of…They actually sided with the law.
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.
And you’re one of them. Congratulations!
Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
For those of you who aren’t old enough, thought you might like to
read about us. This my friends, is surprisingly frightening……and
it might put a smile on your face:
The majority of students in universities today were born in
1986……..They are called youth.
They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and
the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have
never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda
Carlisle. For them, there has always been only one Germany and one
Vietnam. AIDS has existed since they were born. CD’s have existed
since they were born.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
To them John Travolta has always been round in shape and they can’t
imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance.
They believe that Charlie’s Angels and Mission Impossible are films
from last year. They can never imagine life before computers.
They’ll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the
Famous Five. They’ll never have applied to be on Jim’ll Fix It or Why
They can’t believe a black and white television ever existed. And
they will never understand how we could leave the house without a
Now let’s check if we’re getting old…
1. You understand what was written above and you smile.
2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night
3. Your friends are getting married/already married.
4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably
5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.
6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around.
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good
old days, repeating again all the funny things you have experienced
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