Nicked from a UK website. If you need help with translating some of the words let me know...........
Hope I haven't killed any kittens.
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids
in the 50s, 60s, and 70s probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which
was promptly chewed and licked.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or
cabinets and it was fine to play with great big pans.
When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent
'clackers' on our wheels and we never rode less than seven abreast. We wore
our coats by the hood only and they never, ever got caught in the wheels
and ripped our heads off.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Getting a bunk up on the handlebars of your mate's bike was the best way to
get back from the footie, and no copper ever cared.
The best thing ever was standing up in the back of your mate's Dad's truck,
feeling the wind in your hair.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle - tasted the
We ate dripping sandwiches that had been left in the sun, bread and butter
pudding made days before, and drank fizzy pop with sugar in it, but we were
never overweight because we were always outside playing and we were too fit
to get sick from the germs.
We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no one
actually died from this.
We 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, and being ignored by the
grown ups who were on the picnic with us, we learned to solve the problem.
Rub a dock leaf on it, or stop running into stinging nettles.
We 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
We 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.
We played conkers and street rounders, and sometimes the conker turned your
knuckles black and blue for days, and that ball really hurt.
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 but never kicked anyone in the head,
and we learned to get over it and be mates the next day.
We walked to friend's homes. And enjoyed the walk.
We 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 forever.
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!
This 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 of a
scale unknown in human history.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to
deal with it all.
And you're one of them. Congratulations!
Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as real
kids, before everyone felt it necessary to tell us what to do, for our own
(And if you aren't old enough to enjoy the privilege of being part of this
generation, I thought you might like to read about us).