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How Life Has Changed ...

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-basedpaint 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 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 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 actually 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'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix It or Why Don't You.

They can't believe a black and white television ever existed and 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 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 EastEnders the first time around.
7.You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good old days, repeating again all the funny 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 older!!!!

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
You're not old UNLESS you can remember:

Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.

When Kool-Aid was the only other drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.

When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And you got trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed--and did!

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

When women were called, "Mrs. John Smith," instead of their own name.

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Lets not forget S&H Green stamps. I can remember pasting them in the book for my mom. Yes, it was a simpler time. But it is pointless to look back. We're never going to give up cell phones and microwaves and dvds. And those will be the old relics to our children. And life goes on.....but it sure is fun to look back.

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It really did make me kind of sad. My kids can;t go outside alone. My son held hands with a little girl on the bus-his mother called me and went crazy. Remeber when we lined up in the hall, and we HAD to hold hands with the kid next to us? There was no sexual inuendo there-you held hands with the kid, and if you were lucky you'd get to let go because the other kid always had sweaty palms!!

The school nurse gave us our physicals. And aspirin or band aids when we needed it-noone called the parents to tell them-it was just done.

Strange times these are. Life was simpler when I was a child-so much so. It makes me wish we lived in some small one horse town where it really is still a safe place for kids.

Those green stamps were the joy of my mothers shopping days! So funny remembering that stuff.

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I grew up in the city of Chicago. Until I was about 16 I didn't venture outside of our 3 mile radius. I miss everyone meeting up every morning on the front steps to figure out what we were going to do that day. And if you got in trouble down the block you got whooped by whatever mother was closest and then she would escort you home to tell your mom what you did and you got it all over again. And my favorite line from Granny (the woman who raised me) You better be in before the street lights are on. There was no calling to neg. a curfew. That light came on we better be inside no questions. Seems you rarely see kids outside during summer anymore, and even more rare to the neiborhood kids all playing together.

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I was born in 84 and I actually agree with the TOP half of your post. THat was how I grew up, not the bottom half at all

I agree with most things there, and I remember when Michael Jackson was black and I loved him and he didn't molest little boys!

I used to ride my bike everywhere, and my mom didn't have to worry about me going out to play (not worry too much anyway) I barely watched TV (just on Sundays, Gilligan's Island I Love lucy and Differn't Strokes and Saturday Mornings) My friends and I would go out and do stuff, not just yack on the phone.

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I know it's meant to be cute, but seems there are a lot of gross generalizations in that post that 'sum up' my generation.

I was born in the 80s, too.
I played outside all summer long. I remember getting chiggers from laying in the grass.

When I listened to music, it was a cassette tape of "Great Balls of Fire" and "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles Hits".

Didn't get my own cds until 95... cd players cost too much.

The TV in my room is my late grandmother's from the early 80s. Even though she lost the remote, I still know how to turn it on.
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