Born before 1980

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  1. Mar 11, 2008 #1
    This wasn't written by me, but came from a little toy engine website.


    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 full 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 cots 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 or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took cadging lifts. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    A trip to the coast on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the stream and NOT from a bottle. Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway or Kebabs. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and only opened for a few hours at 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 shop and buy fruit Spangles and some bangers to blow up frogs with. We ate buns, 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 mobile phones - no one was able to reach us all day. And we were always O.K.

    We would spend hours building our trolleys out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in streams with matchbox cars.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on Sky, no video tape or DVD movies, no surround sound, 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. You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter really! We had air guns and catapults for our birthdays, we drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them from the street!
    Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet! Mum & dad didn't need Brandy, Whisky whatever when they came in from work! Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather straps 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 got married before they had children and didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kylie' 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

    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?!
  2. Mar 13, 2008 #2




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    Aug 2, 2007
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    John , that is soooo true!, I made my daughter a cot (she's 13 now!) you can still see the teeth marks on it, it was just an oil finish but it made me think!, my mum has a photo of me in my cot (or cage, JJ!)in B and W, circa 1964 and I'm sure that if it were in colour, you could see the salmon pink super high lead content undercoat that I must have eaten at least 2 pounds of!, saying that I do have problems "fitting in" sometimes but I guess thats down to the lack of "character building" sessions and "group therapy", things that were, alas, not too in vogue in my epoch!.

    I was even given brake fluid to drink in a lemonade bottle by 2 guys that worked for my Dad (I wasn't sick! honest!, it just made me cough and gag for a bit!, I saw one of those guys recently and debated whether to punch him in the face for that one but decided to let it go!)anyway.....I'm still here!......most of the time at least!

  3. Mar 14, 2008 #3





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    Born sept. 11 1969

    I have 2 kids, 3 and 6.

    I have to be honest I have know idea how my mother lived through my youth. I see disaster at every turn with my kids. My mother could have watched me crash my bike into a parked car at 20mph and simply asked me if I was alright. I'd be calling in life flight.

    As a youngster I was jumping my bike over everything (using rotting plywood and cement blocks for a ramp and no helmet of course). Later it was motor bikes (more stupid antics sans helmets). I'd be gone the second I was off the school bus until well after dark (we had headlights on the motor bikes). If my kids are out of my sight for 2 minutes I get nervous.

    After I was legal to drive it was rusty old cars with sketchy brakes and more motor than was prudent or fast fast street bikes (a '82 Kaw GPZ 1100 and a '84 Kaw 90 ninja) as daily drivers (I grew up in rainy western Washington).

    Some how I made it out of all that with few permanent scars, only one serious bump on the head and a trick knee.

    I'm going try and direct my kids to chess or the piano.

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