Just been sent this on FB it may have been posted before - i apologise, but it made me smile anyway!

    ...First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos...

    They took aspiri...n, ate blue cheese, bread and dripping, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

    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 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 from a bottle.

    Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonalds , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

    Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!

    We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

    We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers and Bubble Gum.

    We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter,milk from the cow,and drank soft drinks 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 old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the 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 at all, no 999 channels on SKY , no video/dvd films, or colour TV, no mobile 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.

    Only girls had pierced ears!

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

    You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time....

    We were given air guns and catapults for our 10th birthdays,

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

    Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet because we didn't need to keep up with the Jones's!

    Not everyone made the rugby/football/cricket/netball team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on

    Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and throw the blackboard rubber at us if they thought we weren't concentrating .

    We can string sentences together and spell and have proper conversations because of a good, solid three R's education.

    Our parents would tell us to ask a stranger to help us cross the road.

    The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
    They actually sided with the law!

    Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'

    We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO

    And YOU are one of them!
    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.


    its a bit ancient bt all true

    Been posted many, many times before and I still don't agree with all of it as I had friends born in the 70's who may have still be alive if there'd been better safety mechanisms in cars so no 'congratulations' to them I guess.



    Good for you

    Original Poster


    Half of that is completely wrong anyway.

    i don't think it was meant as gospel, just a bit of tongue in cheek frippery
    Edited by: "jelli89" 15th Jan 2011

    my house diddled in asbestos, not a problem unless disturbed, more asbestos in the air we breathe all day.


    I like being born in the 70's.

    I enjoyed all the 80's music the 1st time around

    The only advantage being born in the I can remember (and saw) the Beatles first time round


    I'll never forget that first day at t' pit
    Me and me father worked a seventy two hour shift
    And then we walked home forty three miles through t' snow in us bare feet
    Huddled inside us clothes made out of old sacks
    Eventually we trudged over t' hill until we could see t' street light twinkling in our village.
    Me father smiled down at me through t' icicles hanging off his nose
    "Nearly 'ome now lad" he said
    We stumbled into t' 'ouse and stood there freezing cold and tired out
    Shivering and miserable in front t' meagre fire
    "Any road" me Mam says, "Cheer up lads. I've got you some nice brown bread and butter for your tea."
    Ee me father went crackers
    He reached out and gently pulled me Mam towards him by t' throat.
    "You big fat idle ugly wart" he said
    "You great useless srawy eyed parrot faced wassock."
    He had a way with words me father
    He's been to college you know
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