These are labelled as Glasgow memories but they were much the same for youngsters all over the UK (and the rest of the free world)
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Looking back........how did some of us "auld yins" survive? from the 40's, 50's, 60's & 70's?
As children we would ride in cars with no seatbelts or airbags .
Our cots were covered in brightly coloured lead based paint .
We had no child-proof lids on medicine bottles. We rode our bikes we had no helmets .
We would spend hours building go-karts out of scrap and then ride them down hills only to find out we forgot the brakes..
No-one was able to reach us there was no mobile phones .
We suffered cuts, and broken bones and teeth, but there were no suing.. they were accidents.
No-one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents??
We had fights, punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.
We ate cakes, bread and butter, and drank ginger, but we were never overweight. because we were always outside playing .
We shared a drink with friends from one bottle and no-one died from this.
We did not have Playstations or X-boxes, 65 channels on pay TV, video films. DVD`s, mobiles computers, Internet chatrooms-we had friends. We went outside and found them.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend`s home and
rung the doorbell, or just walked in and talked to them. imagine
such a thing, without asking a parent!! By ourselves.. Out there in
the cold cruel world.
How did we do it??
Footie and netball had trials and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Our actions were our own. No-one to hide behind
The idea of a parent bailng us out if we broke a law was unheard of, they actually sided with the law-imagine that!!
This generation produced some of the best risk takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50years has been an explosion of innovation.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility and we learned how to deal with it all. Congratulations!!
Knowing all your neighbours and all the people in the local shops
Outside toilets wi' newspaper torn into squares for toilet paper