CONGRATULATIONS . . . to all born before 1960
First we survived being born to mothers who took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon, processed meat, tuna from a can.
Then our cots were covered with lead based brightly coloured paint.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking. As children we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT bottled water.
Takeaway food, just fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds or KFC.
Even though shops closed at 6.00pm and did not open on the weekends, somehow we didnt starve to death.
We shared our one bottle of soft drink with our friends, and no one actually died from this.
We collected old drink bottles and cashed them in at the corner shop and bought toffees, gobstoppers and bubblegum.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we were not 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 we had no mobile phones AND we were OK.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we had no brakes. We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with Matchbox cars.
We did not have playstations, Nintendo Wii, X boxes, no video games, no mobile phones,no 999 channels on Sky, no video, no internet, no internet chat rooms . . .we had friends, we went outside to find them.
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and it was always are fault.
Only girls had pierced ears and wore makeup,
Thought, sex was bags in which posh people stored their potatoes.
You could only buy Easter eggs and Hot Cross buns at Easter time.
We rode bikes or walked to friends houses and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them.
Rugby and cricket had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didnt had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Imagine, getting into the team on merit.
The idea of parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard off. They actually sided with the law!
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to cope . . and you are one of them . . . Congratulations (thanks to delboy)