Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Our childhood wasn't so bad...really

In class yesterday, we were talking about the how things have changed (yeah I'm one of those 'In my days' people) especially in Child care. Now you hear about 'the great benefits of playing classical music to children', we hear of the playpen being too confining (what will they make of Sean Connery in his cupboard cot??) and now they are talking of natural play for kids.
The more things change the more they remain the same.
So this is a tribute to all ye born between 1930-1980. And maybe some after that. We are awesome. Our lives are living proofs!!
Someone sent this to me. I'm sharing!! 

Our mothers took aspirin, ate sweet potatoes and yam, geisha from a can and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets on our heads.
As toddlers, we would ride in family cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, no shock absorber, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. 

We drank water from the mouth of public taps and not from a bottle.
We shared one bottle of coke with four friends and no one actually died from this. (We also learnt the virtue of sharing which seems to be going extinct right now)
We ate cake made with fat and bread made with white flour slathered with real butter. 
We drank TreeTop made with real white sugar and we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always burning off that sugar, playing....that' s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the evening lights came on. 

We had no mobile phones. And, we were OKAY!! (Those were peaceful days!)
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms. WE ONLY HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them there! (where we could actually verify who they were unlike the case with internet friends)
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. (These accidents actually made us strong)
We would get spankings with belts, roots, twigs, or just the raw bare hand with five fingers and no one would call child services to report abuse. (Those spankings have made us what we are today, with a healthy respect for authority).
We wore Bata shoes. We made up our games with sticks, scraps and pebbles or just the bare sand.
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, shared their lunch or their mama would prepare our lunch. Imagine that!! None of that lactose intolerance blah.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! And will even punish us for breaking the law (I shudder to think what my father would have said if I had even suggested that he gives me money to pay for scores, what?).
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. What can kids today do besides push buttons. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with them all.

It's a fine decade I was born in. I wouldn't exchange it for all the Tweets in the world!


  1. Now, those were some intimate memories and fond too. I saw a bata shop in Italy a few years ago and I almost fainted.

    Oh and Treetop....I miss those days kai. Even those days of real gala with beef. Now its rubbish they produce. I also wonder how we ever lived without mobile phones. Weird huh....really.

  2. It's so funny. I brought both of my kids home from the hospital in my arms. We didn't even have a car seat until they were older. And I smoked cigarettes in the doctors office. And I drank a beer to help let down my milk. Lord! And my kids are fine, thank God! As a kid, we played hard every day, climbed trees, roller skated, and we were skinny no matter what we ate!

  3. Preach! I totally agree with you. I always get blank stares when I tell people what my parenting plan would consist of.

    IMO - today's generation of kids are spoiled, attention deficient, and lack skills needed to make good judgment. Yes an over-generalization (I have met one or two awesome kids)...but the majority make me shake my head in wonder.

    And I will spank - so sue me.

  4. @Mamuje - Bata shoes? In Italy. Mwahaha. Is it still functional or a museum. Mobile phone is the devil-and I am tempted to go the Terry Jones way and have a bonfire. lol
    @Mom - Beer to let down the milk? If you try that now, the kid/state might just sue you. Those were great times. True.
    @LucidL - Spank? my cane is bigger than yours!! My friends tell me I am gonna be a scary no-nonsense grandma. I hope not. I do know that I didn't give my Momma trouble raising me. I don't expect less from mine.



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