of the 50's, 60's and 70's
to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were
kids in the 50's, 60's, and 70's probably shouldn't have survived!
baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint
which was promptly chewed and licked.
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 clackers' on our wheels.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air
bags. Riding in the passenger seat was a treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle
- tasted the same.
ate dripping sandwiches, 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.
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 problem.
would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long
as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach
us all day and no one minded.
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, no Internet chat
rooms. We had friends - we went outside and found them.
played elastics and street rounders, and sometimes that ball
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and teeth, and
there were no lawsuits. They were accidents. We learnt not
to do the same thing again.
We had fights, punched each other hard and got black and blue-
we learned to get over it.
We walked to friend's homes.
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate live stuff,
and although we were told it would happen, we did not have
very many eyes out, nor did the live stuff live inside us
We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the
Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. The
idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard
of. They actually sided with the law. Imagine that!
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 up as
real kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives,
for our own good. (If you aren't old enough, thought you might
like to read about us).
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