WE WAS BRUNG UP PROPER – Kids of the 40s 50s, 60s and 70s


  • We survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us, breastfed us, and we 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, were not tested for Diabetes, and 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 air bags or child seats that resemble a straight jacket; in fact our cars had NO seat belts!
  • 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 by 5.30pm, had half-day closing in the week, 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.
  • We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers and Bubble Gum -we were the forerunners of recycling!
  • We ate cakes, white bread and real butter, milk straight from the cow, and drank soft drinks 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 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 dvds, colour TVs, ipods, ipads, iphones, no personal computers, no Internet or Social Networking sites……..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 to come out and play.
  • 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’!
  • 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 grammatically correct sentences together, 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’, ‘Blade’, ‘Ridge’, ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Brioche’
  • There was no re-branding to fall in line with other countries – a Snickers was a Marathon and Cif was Jif!
  • We measured in feet and inches, and still do!
  • We didn’t live our lives believing we should win a talent TV show! Talent shows were at Butlins in the Summer!
  • We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL !

If you are laughing and agreeing 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, please forward this blog to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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2 Responses to WE WAS BRUNG UP PROPER – Kids of the 40s 50s, 60s and 70s

  1. Love it, and starburst were of course Opal Fruits.

  2. What a fantastic post…and everything is completely true!
    I’m a sixties child and really proud of it…I was very lucky indeed!
    Amanda (Shabby Chick) X

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