I enjoyed this, memories of the good old days

by oneafrikan on January 28, 2004

~~~~~~ this is from an email i received today… and it made me smile… ~~~~~~

those of us who were
kids in the 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s probably shouldn’t have survived,
because 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 pans.

When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and
fluorescent ‘spokey dokey’s’on our wheels. As children, we would ride
in cars with no seat belts or airbags – riding in the passenger seat
was a treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted
the same. We ate chips, 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.

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, we learned to solve the

We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as
we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one

We did not have Play stations 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, and no Internet chat rooms. We had
friends we went outside and found them.We played elastics and street
rounders, and sometimes that ball really hurt.

We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law
suits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from
other parents. We played knock-and-run and were actualy afraid of the
owners catching us.

We walked to friend’s homes.

We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn’t rely on mummy
or daddy to drive us to school,which was just round the corner.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls.
We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. The
idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law unheard of. They
actually sided with the law. 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.

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 as real kids,
before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good.
For those of you who aren’t old enough thought you might like to read
about us.

This my friends, is surprisingly frightening……and it might put a
smile on your face: The majority of students in universities today were
born in 1983……..They are called youth.

They have never heard of We are the World, We are the children, and the
Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel.They have never
heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena or Belinda Carlisle.

For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. AIDS
has existed since they were born.CD’s have existed since they were
born.Michael Jackson has always been white.To them John Travolta has
always been round in shape and they can’t imagine how this fat guy
could be a god of dance.They believe that Charlie’s
Angels and Mission Impossible are Films
from last year. They can never imagine life before computers.
They’ll never have pretended to be the A Team, RedHand Gang or the
Famous Five.They can’t believe a black and white television ever existed
don’t even know how to switch on a TV without a remote control.
And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a
mobile phone.

Now let’s check if we’re getting old…

1. You understand what was written above and you smile.

2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night

3. Your friends are getting married/already married.

4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably
with computers.

5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head.

6. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old
days, repeating again all the funny you have experienced

7. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some
other friends because you think they will like it too…