Those were the days
Aah - I remember it well, this is an old one but worth repeating I think.Those were the days.

With love from an aging friend.




CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE

1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !


First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, 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, 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 hitchhiking.


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, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.


Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the 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 store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, 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 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 Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no 999 channels on SKY ,
no video/dvd films,
no mobile 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.

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...

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!

RUGBY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment... Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on
MERIT

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes 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 didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO
DEAL WITH IT ALL !

And if 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.


I'm not sure about working Mums.
 

pineapple1

I Love Kleopatra Beach !
Those were the days
What a fantastic post . I love it My car was stolen last night . This post realy cheered me up . we used to wait with a glass at the farm and have warm milk at milking time . Chewed a blade of grass from the hedgerow . I wasn.t vaccinated for any thing But i didnt get bad dieases . Hid in the dog kennel dureing hide and seek . Dad thought whiskey and ginger wine was best for a cold ! fish and chips in newspaper . Now that Was green unlike todays plastic boxes and Our food wasn.t sprayed by poisons best of all No Credit cards if you couldn.t afford it you waited untill you could . And i still Do oh well off to car showroom now Wish i could get a Morris Minor
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Those were the days
What a fantastic post . I love it My car was stolen last night . This post realy cheered me up . we used to wait with a glass at the farm and have warm milk at milking time . Chewed a blade of grass from the hedgerow . I wasn.t vaccinated for any thing But i didnt get bad dieases . Hid in the dog kennel dureing hide and seek . Dad thought whiskey and ginger wine was best for a cold ! fish and chips in newspaper . Now that Was green unlike todays plastic boxes and Our food wasn.t sprayed by poisons best of all No Credit cards if you couldn.t afford it you waited untill you could . And i still Do oh well off to car showroom now Wish i could get a Morris Minor

Any one in the Uk who would deliberately give a child green ( untreated ) farm milk should be treated as a child abuser. This would be downright irresponsible today.
Steve.
 
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Those were the days
Brought up on a farm we also drank milk 'straight from the cow',chewed blades of grass,picked rhubarb and ate it without washing,played in the hay bales,jumped on ponies bare back without a helmet for a gallop over the fields,fed orphan lambs,never washed hands after touching animals,jumped on and off wooden board attached to rear bumper on pick up truck when delivering milk,often when vehicle moving,played on tractors,sitting on cabless tractors while someone driving.sitting on moving trailers.
how did we survive? how did we stay so healthy?
 

Martyn

Member
Those were the days
I think I did virtually all that is posted here, great days growing up in the 60s.
 
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DAVIDO

Member
Those were the days
lovely post

i bet lots of members would dearly love to relive these memories.
add to that when you appreciated a present at Christmas,not dissapointed that it cost less than you bought for someone else.where adults told the children what to do not vice versa .the sad thing is, apollos thread opens up your eyes to all where we have gone wrong today.

davido
 
Those were the days
Common-sense has long gone or has been driven out of people.

The story in the news last week of a school trip to Italy, which was abandoned by the pilot at the last minute. The second party of school children were already seated on the plane when because of the teacher pupil ratio which was wrong the pilot would not fly.

You cannot blame the pilot for his actions because if something had gone wrong he would have had no support from his employers ''you know the rules captain, you chose to disobey them. You are on your own mate good-bye''.
The sad thing was that the original plan for all of the party to travel together the ratio would have been ok but the party was split which mucked up the ratio during the second flight. The first being ok and on arrival the teacher pupil ratio would have been ok again.
 

Harem

I've cliqued
Those were the days
What a better world it was in "the good old days". Just where did it all go wrong??
 

DAVIDO

Member
Those were the days
i still believe firmly where it all went wrong is letting the old values disappear.where disciplining children was not scorned. i know that there are people out there that went too far . but most responsible adults in the past bought their children up to show respect for their elders, not be afraid to upset them in case they got a mouthfull of abuse or worse.also where did this problem with anger issues in children come to light. all you hear nowdays is teenagers having anger issues.i can understand our parents being angry etc ,having to go to war and the grieve they suffered ,but most teenagers today are under anger managment if their mobile was not charged or their parents told them to be in early.the saying was children shoul be seen and not heard, now that aplies to the parents.

davido
 

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