February 27, 2008 at 1:18 pm #2250rossylisaMember
This is for everyone born before 1983
According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, 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 and 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 juice 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 problem.
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 minded.
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, no DVDâ€™s, no Internet chat rooms.
We had friends – we went outside and found them.
We played elastics and rounderâ€™s, and sometimes that ball really hurt!
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no lawsuits.
We had full on fistfights but no prosecution followed from other parents.
We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us.
We walked to friends’ 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 was 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 1986…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, Nina Cherry or Belinda Carlisle.
For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam.
AIDS has existed since theywere 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, Red Hand Gang or the Famous Five.
They’ll never have applied to be on Jim’ll Fix it or Why Don’t You.
They can’t believe a black andwhite television ever existed.
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 out.
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 remember watching Dirty Den in East Enders the first time around.
7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old days, repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together.
8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other friends because you think they will like it too…
Yes, you’re getting oldFebruary 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm #56534yummymummyMember
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS only born in 1983 so IM NOT OLD YET
😆 😆 😆 😆 😆February 27, 2008 at 7:42 pm #56560
I was born in 1979 i’m beginning to feel old now,, i miss those days 😆February 27, 2008 at 8:21 pm #56566noeleenwMember
well i was born in 1974 !!!!! so i am ancientFebruary 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm #56568MissymayMember
I was born in 1972, I am ready for the scrapheap 😆 😆
and yes my mam drumed into us if the police came to the door she would tell them to take us away and she meant it ❗February 27, 2008 at 9:10 pm #56571CanucklassMember
I was born in 74
And I glow in the dark I am sure from all that lead based paint 😆 😆 😆
I love the John Travolta line!February 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm #56579
Im born in 73 and like you Canuck I bet I glow in the dark with the lead paint on the cot… teeth marks to prove it 😆 😆 😆
Love the one about the carseat, I remember my brother wanted to bring his friends on a day out ( there was 6 kis plus parents) my said there wasnt any room in the car, so they got into the boot to go to the beach 😳 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 You would go to jail if you did that today, those were the days.
We played in the fields and forest around the house, we would be gone for hour at a time and only came home when hungry. We found a potin making factory and a 2 hand guns with amo in a bag in the forest at the top of the Dublin mountains…… we shot the guns before we gave them to our parents, then they rang the police 😳 😳 😳 😳 How we werent killed I’ll never knowFebruary 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm #56582
but the funny thing is all these "restrictions" are put by people our age, or maybe a bit older:)
We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no lawsuits
some time ago the playground was closed on the sunny but frosty day. one dad rang at about 10:30, the lady arrived, checked and opened it. when we asked why it was closed, she said, that if something would happened they (the council) would be in trouble. 🙄 🙄
by who?? by parents our age.
i am from ’77 and by any means don’t feel old ❗ 😆February 27, 2008 at 10:51 pm #56583
I never went down hills in a go-kart i did go down them on the front of a toddlers tractor!
there was once 12 children crammed into a car heading to my friends birthday party….thinking back it was crazy that her father let us in the car 😯February 27, 2008 at 11:00 pm #56586
Kasia they are right to keep the park closed on frosty morning, the wooden slide thing in the kiddies area is soooo slippy on frosty morning. Anyone with decking will know how feckin slippy wood is with a bit of frost, thats the age we live in.
A neighbour of my mothers was sued when a child had an accident in her garden.February 27, 2008 at 11:03 pm #56589
my neice fell off the climbig frame last year and broke her arm, but her mam didn’t do anything about itFebruary 27, 2008 at 11:05 pm #56592
Oh if a child falls that the child fault and no one is to blame, but if a child falls because the frame was frosty well then that a different issueFebruary 27, 2008 at 11:22 pm #56597
part of me agrees with you , but other part just …….
A neighbour of my mothers was sued when a child had an accident in her garden.
you see and that just madness, and i mean it. we like to blame other people for what happens to us or our kids. but where are parents to asses the situation.
as for the playgrounds – somehow they manage to have them open in some countries where there winter is real 😆 😆 but maybe people are different over there….February 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm #56598
But Ireland is a compo culture, people are waiting for accidents to happen to sue, some county councils are bankrupt due to people jumping down pot holes etc…
Its just like driving over here, a few flakes and the country goes to a stand still 🙄February 28, 2008 at 9:44 am #56599
but it’s funny that the same people who
" had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all"
now deny such freedom to they own kids.
it’s strange how the world is changing…..
but thankfully not all the changes are bad and ridiculous 😉
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