How true is this..

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by yenrod, 3 Apr 2008.

  1. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    60's and 70's!!​

    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 tin, nuts, eggs and didn't get tested for diabetes and we didn't
    suffer allergies.Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with
    bright coloured 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 hitchhiking.As children,
    we would ride in cars with no seat belts, car seats or air bags.Riding
    in the back of a van 'loose' or on the parcel shelf, was always great
    fun. We drank water from the garden hosepipe 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 cakes, white bread and real butter and
    drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because...... WE
    WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!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 OK. 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
    text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat

    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 played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and
    the worms did not live in us forever. Made up games with sticks and
    tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke
    out any eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and
    knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Local
    teams 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 DEAL WITH IT ALL! 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?!

    PS - The BIG type is because your eyes are shot at your
  2. piedwagtail91

    piedwagtail91 Über Member

    too true,
    particularly the bit about the cart ,or bogie in this part of lancs, with no brakes downhill, i lost a lot of skin doing that!parents would probabaly be in court for abuse if that happened now.
  3. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    I was a child in the 50's and can identify with all of that.
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I enjoyed reading that. Thanks.
  5. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I feel quite nostalgic and weepy now...where did those days go.

    Brilliant Yenrod....:smile:

    This ties in with a regular comment at work...
    i sometimes eat my sandwiches with less than clean hands (neccessity not choice, i add)
    Someone always says 'thats disgusting' :biggrin:

    I used to eat my sandwiches with hands that had possibly been in cow poo and wee (working in fields in the 70s).
    A little bit of dust / dirt / oil....isnt going to make me keel over fer chrissakes. Get a life you soft tw@t :biggrin:
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Ah yes, not even nostalgia is as good as it used to be! :smile:
  7. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    I was born in '41 so up to the age of 9 or 10 I only had 'healthy' food ... and most of that was rationed, but the rest sounds about right. At the age of 12 I used to set off about 6am on Saturday morning and cycle from Bradford to Scarborough/Whitby/Bridlington etc with a 'Pup' tent rolled up and slung over my shoulder (bit of spare washing line for a sling), 2 shillings in my pocket and basic cooking gear in the saddle-bag. Sometimes on my own but often there would be a small group of 4 -5 of us. As long as we were back by Sunday night there were no problems ... Ah! Happy Days :smile:.
  8. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Yep I agree with most of it... but I have to say roll on summer, tonight my 13 and 7 year old are still out playing in the street ... normally by this time its too dark, wet or cold.
  9. Maz

    Maz Guru

    That's a nice evocative story, that, Yorkshireman. Thanks for sharing it.
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    We are going to get a big social problem with the cycles...... I was a 1970's child and did all of this stuff (born 1970), and now my son has got a bit bigger, he is allowed to ride off down the road to friends, but no further on his own (he's 7) - but him doing this, has sparked a couple of his class mates - who live at the end of our road - (down a hill and round a corner out of sight about 300 yards away) to come out and play... they would never do this last year....

    That said, my daughter of almost 5 joins them, but she is more sensible than my son was at that age - he'll gladly go off and forget about her, but she will come back home (this is all within about 300 yards of the house)...

    I used to go miles from home (well about a mile) but we are more protective today - traffic is terrible - I'm lucky it's quiet on my estate and the folk living there all have/appreciate kids...

    BUT.. there is a bloody child molester on the loose in my area at the moment - has tried to abduct a number of kids over the last couple of months (over ten kids and that includes approaches to my niece and nephew who are 13 and 16) and the barsteward hasn't been caught.... so what do you do ? My two are hopefully OK on stranger danger, although both very sociable, but it's worrying.....
  11. OP

    yenrod Guest

    The 'boss' (area manager) emailed me that...
  12. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Ahem, 18 or 19? ;)
  13. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Would that be Trevor Jordache? ;)
  14. OP

    yenrod Guest

    Dont get that !
  15. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Sometimes feels like the first one ;).
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