Friday, September 29, 2006

To all the kids who were born in the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s...

Via England Expects, this—which I reproduce in full—from The England Project.
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots 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, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding three on a bike was always great fun.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate bread pudding, white bread and real butter and drank lemonade 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 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 karts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels satellite, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell 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.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given pellet guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

School sports teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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…


And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

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?

All pretty true, except that I didn't play outside that much; amongst other things, when we moved from Battersea to Tonbridge (when I was two), I was for months apparently afraid to move off the back patio because I wasn't used to grass. I spent most of my childhood inside building Transformers out of Lego and I had two objects in this endeavour: their car mode, or whatever, had to look realistic and they had to actually transform smoothly (no taking bits off and sticking them on somewhere else. That's cheating).

I'm surprised that I turned out as normal* as I did, frankly.

* Disclaimer: in this instance, "normal" is a relative term.


Cloudland Blue Quartet said...

If you were building Transformers out of Lego, presumably you were born after 1979 and therefore the article does not apply to you. Personally, I would remove "70's" from the parameters since it was already too late for a decent childhood by the early eighties

Devil's Kitchen said...

Nope, born in 1977, I was.


Anonymous said...

Excellent blog, btw, just started reading.

I've seen this is a generic office Fwd. The point of the article subtly ignores the fact that these innovative survivors have created this society, it's their doing. Blaming the governemt or lawyers doesn't wash, it's their own gullability at the media that's at fault.


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