Those Born Between 1930-1979

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s!!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didnt get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs 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, not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick-up or lorry on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a mineral water bottle and never got diarrhea.

We shared one soft drink and a straw with four friends, from one bottle and NOONE actually died from this.

We ate glutinous rice, spicy food and drank sugar cane juice etc 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 for meals, our prayers and before sunset. If we were late, either we had to sleep in the barn or get cane marks on yr palm or legs, the choice was ours (hehehe).

Noone was able to reach us all day, but we would reach home ok and in one piece.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps (not a single cent was spent), marble competitions, “baling terup”, etc. We sometimes would get into friendly fights and rolled into bushes but we learned to solve any problems or issues on our own without the help of any adult.

We did not have any Play Stations, or Nintendo’s, or X-Boxes, or Video Games at all. No Astro channels, or video movies, CDs or DVDs. No home-theatres, handphones, personal computers, laptops, internet or chat rooms.

We HAD REAL FRIENDS (not virtual ones) and we would go out and meet them whenever we want!!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, but there were no lawsuits from neighbours or any parties from these accidents.

Some of us even ate worms (yucks) and made mud pies from dirt, but the worms did not survived inside us (hehehe).

We were given RM1 worth of toys or none at all on our birthdays. A home made birthday cake (if we are lucky) baked by mom with no icing sometimes, let alone the wordings ‘Happy Birthday so and so” or candles to compliment it.

We rode bicycles or just walked to a friend’s house, knocked on the door, greeted the host politely, and were allowed to spend time with them regardless if their family were of upper, mid, lower or of no class (hehehehe).

Friendly matches or little sports Leagues had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didnt, learned to manage and deal with disappointment. Can you imagine that?!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and above all, we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!!

If YOU are one of them ………. CONGRATULATIONS!

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 so much of our lives supposedly for our own good.

While you are at it, link this page if you like, to your family members or friends 🙂

God is watching over us…

– Dib Mossavi’s favourite collection –


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