Tuesday 24 January 2012

Reminiscing and all that jazz!

Welcome to my new follower Claire over at The Little Pom. 

I absolutely hate chain e-mails, even those from family members. I don't like the idea of my e-mail being bandied around without my permission so I never pass them on. Sorry folks! Now you know. 
However, below is one I received from one of my walking pals. It is not the kind of thing you need to forward to x amount of contacts from your address book and it made me laugh. I don't know either, who it originated from so can't complement them on it. I have altered it in one or two places. Hope you enjoy it.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70’s - we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos... They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after that trauma, they let us sleep in baby cots, 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 hitch-hiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
Take away food was limited to fish and chips. Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, 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 store and buy Toffees, Gob-stoppers and Bubble Gum.
We ate cakes, white bread and real butter, milk direct from the cow, 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 street lights came on (if you had any).
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.
We did not have a Play Station, Nintendo Wii , or X-boxes. There were no video games, or 999 channels on SKY, nor video or dvd films. We didn't have colour TV, or mobile phones (most of us didn't have a phone in the home, if we did it was often on a party line), 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 time.. Christmas items usually didn't arrive in the shops until after November 5th.

We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays. 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 because we didn't need to keep up with the neighbours.

Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based only on
MERIT. Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren't concentrating. We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R's education.

A policeman could clip you around your ears and no one would say anything.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL ! And YOU are one of them! 


Our family had it really tough! Fourteen of us lived in paper bag in the middle of road!


  1. LOL! That's fantastic. I remember so many of the situations in this post. My mother smoked whilst pregnant,bikes with no helmet, out all day, making go-carts from old prams & teachers throwing blackboard rubbers. Think nearly everything quoted brought back memories.

  2. Fabulous! Brings back memories indeed. And we are still here to tell the tales, evenso we never had anyone shout `elf and savety' rules at us.


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