To All The Kids Who Survived The –
60’s 70’s and the 1980’s
· First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us
· They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetics
· Then, after that trauma, our cots were covered with brightly coloured, lead based paints
· We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, no childproof doors or cabinets, and when we rode our pushbikes, we had no helmets. Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking
· As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags
· Riding in the back of a ute on a warm day was always a special treat
Again, we survived …
· We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
· We shared one soft drink with four friends, and no-one actually died from sharing the bottle
· We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drink 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, no 99 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround sound, no cell 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
· We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever
Yep, we survived.
· We were given slingshots for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes
· We rode our bikes or walked to a friend’s house and just walked in the open door to play with them
· The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law
· Under 12 footy, cricket and basketball had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Wow, imagine that! We actually survived.
· Our 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.