Do you remember when you were a kid?

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 dokeys' 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 pop 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-karts 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 problem.

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 one minded.

We did not have Playstations 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, and no Internet chat rooms. We had friends, we went outside and found them.

We played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no lawsuits.

We had full on fistfights but no prosecution followed from other parents.

We played knock-and-run and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.

We walked to friend's 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!

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 1983. 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 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, Night Rider or the Famous Five.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and don't even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.

And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone.
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Hey WoodwardEmotion: smile

I belong to the spoilt new generationEmotion: wink I really liked your post although I did know that John Travolta could rock the dance floor years ago Emotion: stick out tongue Times have really changed though, that's for sure. I can't help wondering what the future will be like when people will hear of the inconveniences of their past and our present...
Hi Caroline,
You're right. It's interesting to think what they might say about our present in the years to come.

The might be saying things like...

- Wow, they could walk out under the sun without any protection. They even used to do a thing called 'sunbathing'.
- And imagine, they used to have to physically pick up to phone to answer and they couldn't even see who they were talking too.
- They used to use all that black liquid (oil) to run their vehicles that contiminated the air.
- Remember when they used to kill each other over a piece of land. (How ignorant!)
- It's amazing how they used to have babies and not know how they would come out.

What other things could they say?
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Well, Woodward, I'm from the "old" generation and I know how free things felt.
Life was so easy back then. (y)
All the things you mentioned are so familiar.

What a great time it was and yes we had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we did learned how to deal with it all. (f)
Wow, what a great post!! Now a big smile is on my face.
Absolutely...!! Yes, yes, we had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
(Hmm....I have to admit I'm one of them who are from NOT YOUNG generation...)

Woodword, if I once start talking about these things, I would never know how to stop it. Emotion: smile Your post gave me really good feelings tonight. Thanks. (I'm about to go to bed now.)

Molly, I feel exactly the same. Many of Woodword's words are very familiar to me. How I miss my days when I was a kid!
Sometimes I feel sorry for my children, for they don't have enough chance to enjoy their freedom, including a lot of failure and success.

...... oh, but I love my mobile
i was happy when i was a child.
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WW - This is a post to remember, good stuff m8..
we went outside and found them..


Also - do you remember those rope slides - you'd hang onto a handle with wheels and cruise down a rope (tree -> ground) - great times, highly dangerous.

I loved rounders!

(Caroline - Where in Malta are you? - this forum is hosted there!)
I thought you had met her? Caroline is a fantastic new teacher at the school (she won't be able to get her head through the door now) - bit of a computer whizz as well!
yep 'Mother' just informed me - Hi Caroline, good to have you with us here..

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