the girls had dowdy school uniforms
took five minutes for the TV to warm up
everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school
Nobody owned a
reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
Your Mother wore
nylons that came in two pieces
male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done
every day and wore high heels
got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served,
without asking, all for free, every time..
cooked every night and nearly every meal was meat and 3 Veg with
a Roast on Sunday.
threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the
school year. .. . And they did!
an FC Holden was everyone's dream car...
one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always
in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the
rules of the game
from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger
with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip
back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the
children of today?
being sent to the headmaster's office was nothing compared to
the fate that awaited you at home
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because
of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc. Our parents and
grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because
their love was greater than the threat.
as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops,
skating and visits to the pool, and bonfire nights with REAL
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yes, I remember
sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare
to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dare is, read on,
and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old
enough to know better and too young to care.
on to someone who can still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt
How Many Of
These Do You Remember?
Cola in bottles.
Choo Bars and Fags. (That word had no other meaning then.)
Home milk delivery before glass bottles (with tinfoil tops )
when the milkman filled your Billy.
LP's & 45
You Remember a
were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?
wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a sling shot?
Playing War with pretend guns but "real" wooden swords.
Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a
Taking drugs meant being given half of one of mum's Bex tablets
for a headache.
a whole row of Tom Thumbs and throwing them at your mate's feet,
was the ultimate weapon.
you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have
this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up'