We were brung up proper

11 Mar


I received the follow via an email.

Certainly were the best years of my life. Oh, how our lives have changed (jumpers for goalposts, cardboard in our shoes, hand-me-downs, snotty sleeves, etc.).


“And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993”!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s (not to forget 1930’s)

  • 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 aspirin, 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 hitch-hiking.
  • 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, Gob-stoppers 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 street lights 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 MERIT
  • 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 DEAL WITH IT ALL !

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.

PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore.



Posted by on 2012-03-11 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “We were brung up proper

  1. captainranty

    2012-03-11 at 14:30

    How times have changed!, my parents told me about right and wrong and now i tell my children not recognise the law or the police and the courts and they have no name.

    i tell them not to pay debts, obey road laws.

    What went wrong?

  2. Nick

    2012-03-11 at 14:49

    People with mindsets like yous took over the country.
    People saw it as easier to delegate their personal responsibilities to the state, rather accept the consequences of their actions.
    No harm done, no crime committed. And upsetting your feelings is not a crime.

    • Escapees Blog

      2012-03-11 at 16:52

      Hi Nick, what do you mean by “People with mindsets like yous took over the country”? Escapee

  3. tinkerbell

    2012-03-11 at 21:57

    This is brilliant! its what I talk to my children and grandchildren about.

  4. Pengwen

    2012-03-11 at 23:02

    Ive had to duck many a time from the blackboard rubber ,how times have changed and not for the
    better. Its very true we never had much and had to make our own ammusements, my favourite was a piece of rope tied round a lampost to make a swing.


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