If we are to follow and observe today's rules, regulations, standards, way of life, we kids of the 70s and early 80s probably shouldn’t be alive today:
Our baby toys during that time were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which we promptly chewed and licked off.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans and ladles.
When we rode our bikes we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent spokey dokey’s on our wheels.
We would ride in cars with no seatbelts or airbags and sitting in the front was a treat.
We drank water from puddles and garden hoses, not from a bottle – and it tasted the same.
We ate chips, sweets, drank fizzy juice with sugar in it but we were never fat because we were outside playing.
We shared one drink with 4 friends, drinking from the same bottle, and no-one actually died from this.
We would shoot birds and pigeons with our slingshots then cook and eat them.
We spent hours building carts and scooters out of wood scraps and then went top speed down the hill and sidewalks only to find we forgot the brakes. After crashing few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We would leave home in the morning and play all day long as long as were back before dark. No-one was able to reach us and no-one minded.
We didn’t have playstations, x-boxes or video games. There weren’t 99 channels on the TV, no DVD’s, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers and no internet chat rooms.
We had friends and we went outside to find them. We played sipa, syato, kickball or dodgeball ...and man, getting hit by that ball really hurts.
We fell out of trees and off walls and fences and even broke bones but there were no law suits.
We had full fist fights but weren’t prosecuted by other parents.
We played doorbell or knock door run and were actually afraid that we might get caught.
We walked to each other’s houses and believe it or not, to school! We didn’t rely on our parents driving or taking us round the corner.
We made up games with sticks, balls, rocks, earth and leaves.
We rode on bikes in packs and wore our coats by only the hood.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of (cuz they actually sided with the law!)
We had freedom, failure, success & responsibility – and we learned to deal with it.
Growing up was pretty simple and easy back then, wasn't it?