TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930s 40s, 50s, 60s and

Discussion in 'The Lamp and Sandbag II - The Tall Story Strikes B' started by Poppy, May 31, 2005.

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  1. First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

    They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

    Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

    We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took


    As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

    Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

    We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE

    actually died from this.

    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because


    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 scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

    We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell 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.

    We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

    We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

    made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

    We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

    Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

    They actually sided with the law!

    This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, 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


    And 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.

    Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!
  2. Hear Hear Poppy!
    And from someone older than you :), we climbed trees, walls and to the top of binstores, and leaped between them as we imitated Errol Flynn.
    (Pirates of the Caribbean? hah! Now, Captain Blood :)).
    We made swords from two pieces of wood and shields from the ends of butter barrels (said I was older, didn't I?).
    And we fought each other with them.
    We made bows from bamboo canes as thick as our thumbs, and arrows from thinner ones, and we played cowboys and indians with them, and no one, NOT ONE PERSON, from my childhood group of friends has to wear a glass eye.
    I know the world is a more dangerous place now than it was then, but can you see our parents trying to sue the school when we fell off of the swings in the playground, onto the concrete underneath?
    Get todays kids OUTSIDE, using their imaginations, skinning their knees, even breaking the occasional bone, but above all, learning that life has some knocks to deliver, and they might as well get used to it early.
  3. It CNUTS from the 30's,40's etc who ruined it all for the rest of us. Your generation are the politicians, lawyers, judges, civil servants and hand-wringing lefty do gooders who changed all this. And you let them do it. :evil:

    Piss off the lot of you and stop trying to patronise me with how good life used to be before you let it all go wrong. :evil: :evil: :evil:

    Rant off.
  4. See? The modern generation HAVE to blame someone........Softer than sh!t.
  5. The perception that the world is more dangerous is wrong imho, the greater percieved danger comes from the greater media attention paid to the dangers. In the safe 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's we still had children in this country dying of TB, Polio and other such diseases all of which have thankfully been pretty much irradicated (thanks in part to people who lived in these 'safer' days), Chidren were being murdered and abducted back then but we didn't here about it mainly due to the lack of media coverage, and bear in mind the most notorious child killers of the 20th Century committed their crimes in the so called safe 60's.

    All that said have to agree with the sentiment though we do wrap our kids in cotton wool these days and are breeding a nation of wimps.

  6. My local chip-shop has a somewhat fly-specked variant of that self pitying little creed stuck on the wall.
    The main difference is that it bangs on about technological changes, virtually all of which were pioneered by people born before, erm, 1940....
  7. You can't even hump your own children these days, what is the world coming to?
  8. Kids these days,don't know they're born :D
  9. All wot Poppy said. My Chippie had a warning notice on the wall, it said "What to do in case of Zeppelin Raids"
  10. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Ah the good old days:
    Just the two world wars and the destruction of Europe

    Wasn't life so simple then?
  11. What 3 years ago when this already out of date thread was started ?
  12. .....and the winner of the ARRSE Archaeologist of the Year is......
  13. Define irony!
  14. Yeah, but look at the postings we got after it was all over?

    Then there's the fringe free Levis down the PX..Paderborner Gold....Yellow Handbags...Currywurst and Pommes Mayo...German hardcore porn...whores...Apfelkorn...cold frikadelles mit zenf....'self ride' 3 in the morning German bikes...whores....
  15. Did you mention whores? :)