Thursday, April 2, 2009

How Did They Survived the 60's, 70's and the 80's?

For the record, this post is not written by me. I don't have a clue nor the friend who emailed me this does. I know its not fair to publish others content without their permission but this is something that i want to share with all my blogger buddies. If any one of you have a clue about the author do let me know.. I would be more than happy to give him the honor he/she deserves for creating such master piece.

Here it goes.. enjoy!


How did one survive growing up in the 70's andthe 80's? We had no seatbelts, no airbags and sitting in the back of a truck was a treat. Our baby prams had the most gorgeous lead based colours. No such thing as tamper proof bottle tops.


Opening kitchen cupboards was a breeze. as safety locks were unheard off. Cycling was like a breath of fresh air. No safety helmets, knee pads or elbow pads, with plenty of cardboards between spokes to make it sound like a motorbike.


When thirsty we only drank tap water, bottled water was still a mystery. We kept busy collecting bits & pieces so we could build all sort of things . and we were fearless on our bikes even when the brakes failed going downhill.

We were showing off how tough we are, by how high we could climb trees & then jumping down..It was great fun..

We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark, in time for dinner. We walked to school, or sometimes we even rode our bike. We had no mobile phones, but we always managed to find each other.. How? No one knows. We lost teeth, broke arms & legs, we got cuts and bruises and bloody noses.. nobody complained as we had so much fun, it wasn't anybody's fault, only ours. We ate everything in sight, cakes, bread, chocolate, ice-cream, sweet sugary
drinks, yet, we stayed skinny by fooling around.

And if one of us was lucky to find a 1 litre coca cola bottle we all had a swag from it & guess what? Nobody picked up any germs... We did not have Play Stations, MP3, Nintendo's, I-Pods, Video games, 99 Cable TV channels, DVD's, Home Cinema, Mobile phones, Home Computers,
Laptops, Chat-rooms, Internet, etc ... BUT, we had REAL FRIENDS!!!! We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went
around the back.

We loved being let loose in the big bad world.without bodyguards. We played with sticks and stones, played cowboys and Indians, doctors and nurses, hide and seek, soccer games, over and over again. When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating
the same grade.without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors.
Such were the days.


We had freedom, success, disappointments and responsibilities. .. Most of all, we learned to respect others.

18 comments:

  1. That's a good one - lots of truth in it.

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  2. Great Post...I have to agree with this one!

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  3. Love this post.. Its so touching..

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  4. Wow! That's all i can say

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  5. Enjoyed every bit of it!

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  6. Love these kinds of reminiscing posts. Mine go back a few decades earlier, back to being entertained by sitting around a radio, the INTRODUCTION of (black & white) TV, hula hoops and family dinners, etc. (smile) But I can see you're already amassing a wealthy life experience history story and that's good, my friend.

    Hey thanks for the comments on Free Spirit - can't wait to see what you wrote on YOUR tombstone - LOL

    Marvin D Wilson
    http://tiedyedtirades.blogspot.com/
    http://inspiritandtruths.blogspot.com/

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  7. Amen to this post. Its said to see how complicated life has become

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  8. Great post. Truly a master piece

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  9. Amazing! love this post..

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  10. Love this post.. How are you doing in India

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  11. Yep, pretty sad! How did we survive?

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  12. Hi Marvin D. Wilson,
    yours sounds more fun.. LOL.. have you noticed my tombstone..Don't you think its kind of creepy to get excited about your own tombstone!

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  13. I grew up in the 70s and 80s so I can relate to this post. It was definitely a less restrictive time. Now as a parent, I worry so much. I hope that my kids don't lose any of their playful, adventurous spirit because of the crazy world we live in. Now it's way too complicated to be a kid these days. Thanks for the post!

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  14. i was a child of the 70's ah this brings back memories of looking for corona bottles to get the money back on them and moondust that crackled on ur tongue and making ur own go carts from pram wheels, yes we were an inventive bunch, oh and what about The Bay City Rollers and tartan socks.... Thanks for the memories)))

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  15. That's an email that's been passed around for years. No idea who the author is, though.

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  16. Wow. what days yaa. 'good old days' as they say..
    "we stayed skinny by fooling around."
    "we had REAL FRIENDS!!!! We called on friends to come out to play, never rang the doorbell, just went"
    "When we failed our exams we were given a second chance by simply repeating the same grade.without visiting psychiatrists, psychologists or counselors."
    "We could stay out to play for hours, as long as we got back before dark"

    What beautiful lines..

    Seriously, people were much happier and tolerant then...honest and helpful. people were satisfied with what they had...children respected their elders.

    P.s. I have "Sunscreen" (Baz Luhrmann) playing in my head right now. :-)

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  17. LOL:D

    it's exactly what I was thinking. Another reason why I respect the older generation so much.

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