As children we would ride in cars with no
seatbelts or airbags.
Our cots were covered in brightly coloured lead
We had no child-proof lids on medicine
bottles. We rode our bikes we had no helmets.
We would spend hours building go-karts out of
scrap and then ride them down hills
only to find out we forgot the brakes..
No-one was able to reach us there was no mobile
We suffered cuts, and broken bones and teeth, but
there were no suing.. they were accidents.
No-one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents??
We had fights, punched each other and got black
and blue and learned to get over it.
We ate cakes, bread and butter, and drank ginger,
but we were never overweight. because we were always outside
We shared a drink with friends from one bottle and
no-one died from this.
We did not have Playstations or X-boxes, 65
channels on pay TV, video films. DVD`s, mobiles computers, Internet
chatrooms-we had friends. We went outside and found them.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend`s home and
rung the doorbell, or just walked in and talked to them. imagine
such a thing, without asking a parent!! By ourselves.. Out there in
the cold cruel world.
How did we do it??
Footie and netball had trials and not everyone
made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with
Our actions were our own. No-one to hide behind
The idea of a parent bailng us out if we broke a
law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law-imagine that!!
This generation produced some of the best risk
takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50years has been an explosion of
We had freedom, failure, success and
responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all.
Knowing all your neighbours and all the people in
the local shops
Outside toilets wi' newspaper torn into
squares for toilet paper