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Home Town: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, U.K.
Living In: Marbella, Andalucia, Spain
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Ho OT -- Based on our Cliff's comments re school -- How many remember these things "WHEN WE WUS BRUNG UP PROPER"!!!!!!!' Some british oriented but I bet we all did these things. It's OK, you don't have to give your age away. It's a bit lengthy but a good read. ENJOY and no elbows on the table now!!!.

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Last updated: Jan. 10, 2015 3:18 am
Posted: Feb. 27, 2013 5:36 am
Commented by: Don
Feb. 27, 2013 5:36 am
We Wus Brung Up Proper First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank Sherry while they carried us and 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, and didn't get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer. Then after that trauma, 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 hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. 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 at 6.00pm and didn't open on a Sunday, somehow we didn't starve to death!
Feb. 27, 2013 5:37 am
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy Toffees, Gobstoppers and Bubble Gum. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter, milk 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 streetlights 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 video/dvd films, or colour TV, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........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!
Feb. 27, 2013 5:37 am
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! 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's! 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 sentences together and 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!
Feb. 27, 2013 5:38 am
Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Kiora' and 'Blade' and 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla' We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL ! And 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 our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.
Cliff G
Feb. 27, 2013 5:41 am
How true for me...Society has changed with time and in my opinion not for the better! But alas..who am I but a mere mortal trapped in the game. cheers
Feb. 27, 2013 5:51 am
Aaaahhhh, those were the good ole days my friend.
Feb. 27, 2013 6:02 am
You forgot to mention that we mostly went barefoot to save money on shoes, which we only got 2x per year! In the Spring, we got sneakers, in the Fall we got "going back to school shoes>" If we found mercury on the street, we cleaned our dimes. (One year, everyone had shiny dimes!) Not only did we not have seat belts, but we could stand up when our parents drove the car. Play irons heated hotter than the real iron that your mother pressed clothes with! (Yes! We did have electricity!)
Feb. 27, 2013 6:07 am
And we ran with scissors!! ;)
Feb. 27, 2013 6:09 am
Ditto Cliff . . . the massive government nanny state now protects us from the numerous things cited by Don, and we have more economic prosperity and growth, more jobs, greater personal liberties, more laws and restrictions safeguarding American’s which produce less violence and safer living conditions than ever before. Look how great things are in Cuba, Venezuela, and southern Europe . . . bring on more socialism so we can continue improving our quality of life!
Feb. 27, 2013 6:35 am
Just wanted to add my 2 cents on this, we didn't recycle because we didn't have anything to recycle! Loved it Don, so true!!!
Feb. 27, 2013 6:36 am
You've hit the nail squarely on the head, Don! My man and I talk about this all the time. As the generations go by the softer and more coddled the worlds children become. Now don't get me wrong, the world is different and more dangerous for them than it was for us, to some extent but were talking about basic stuff here. Like the fact that I just asked my youngest, the other day, why she doesn't ever call up her friends and just chat on the phone? Her response to me was to give me a crazy look and say, "Nobody uses the phone anymore, Mommy!". Really!?! I have to say, that made me a little sad and miffed at the same time.
Feb. 27, 2013 6:58 am
So totally accurate! Plus all the comments by others, too!
Feb. 27, 2013 7:04 am
Have nothing but sighs....
Feb. 27, 2013 7:10 am
Yes, and black and white T.V. with only 3 channels. So, we played outside instead of watching the T.V.
Mike Harvey, daPITA
Feb. 27, 2013 7:50 am
Dang, Don~! Agfter reading this, I wonder how it is that I'm still alive. Could it be that a fearless upbringing actually worked? And patriotism wasn't a fashion or fad, it was a statement of who we were. Don, I'm going to copy this and all of the comments and put it into my "lagacy file". That's the stuff people will read after I leave this world. It will have a poignant and happy note about it being written by a Scotsman for the USA and Canada.
Mike Harvey, daPITA
Feb. 27, 2013 8:01 am
And we would walk three miles to go fishing and carry the catch back in a bucket of lake water. After cleaning it, we cooked it and ate it! All that time without refrigeration would kill us today, right? Skinny dipping in the same water with the cattle. People would smile and say, "Hello!' to strangers. Anyone would help you if you fell.
irayd8 no more!
Feb. 27, 2013 8:21 am
Everyone's comments/memories got me thinking. Maybe times were not "better" but life was simpler and people were "real", not airbrushed plastic characatures.
Feb. 27, 2013 8:35 am
I remember pill BOXES!!! 'cause I used them for my barbie cloths... And I came home to a empty house 'cause my parents worked!
Mike Harvey, daPITA
Feb. 27, 2013 9:16 am
There were "chores" that had to be done, often at certain times. Thinking back, chores would be life lessons for responsibility. Even now, when sunset nears, I think of feeding the chickens and rabbits.
Feb. 27, 2013 9:18 am
Hi Mike, Thanks. Cliff struck a note!!!. I remember the fishing re trout. still tasted magic. cheers.
Baking Nana
Feb. 27, 2013 9:44 am
Ahhh - chores! If the animals were not fed neither were we. Saturday was yard day, we were up at the crack of dawn and we all mowed, weeded and racked. We didn't have a dishwasher, we had 4 and they all had a proper first name!
Feb. 27, 2013 9:53 am
Chores, chores and more chores! Going to the library and reading actual books! Making arts and crafts because it was a fun thing to do!
Feb. 27, 2013 10:11 am
Another profound change . . . credit and debit cards, ATM, EFT, online payment systems, government backstopping the financial institutions (e.g., FNMA, student loans, etc.), and massive expansion of credit resulting in overextended borrowers. Before the government (i.e., taxpayers) got involved in backstopping the financial industry against losses, almost all financing was asset backed (i.e., house , car). When the local bank held the mortgage, and did not sell it to FNMA, they were incentivized to hire people to do the credit analysis since the bank was on the hook for losses . . . now they get a fee and push off the loan & risk so taxpayers are the lenders of last resort in the event of default. First credit card was 1950, but many people didn’t have them until 1970’s. Had a paper route at age 12, and went to every customer’s house to collect payment, usually weekly. Got to know many older adults in the neighborhood, and they knew me . . . if someone couldn’t pay, I kept delivering their paper because people trusted one another, partly because of peer pressure to do the right thing . . . only got stiffed once in this business. Occasionally heard of a one-on-one financial scam decades ago, usually involving an elderly person . . . today scams are common place. People are far less trusting today but for good reasons.
Feb. 27, 2013 10:15 am
When I was a young girl in the summer,the bookmobile would come every 2 weeks in the summer.
Feb. 27, 2013 11:43 am
My mom would give me money at about 10 and I would take my 5 year old brother, would walk about half a mile through the park downtown where there were 3 movie theaters that had previously been vaudeville theaters. We would get movies, popcorn and candy for about $5 and we would walk back home. And I regularly rode my bike miles around town by myself (no helmet thank you). And we got dragged back inside reluctantly when the street lights came on. These days we'd be picked up by social services.
Cheryl's Cooking Now!
Feb. 27, 2013 12:55 pm
Our mom sewed our clothes. I remember we only had 1 telephone and we also had a party line. Only 1 television in the house and everyone sat around watching Lawerence Welk. I remember riding bicycles w/o helmets, feet up on the handle bars! We rode in the car w/o car seats and seat belts. Dishwashers were us children; one washed, one dried and the other put away. Yep, we children were outside ALL day and came home thilthy but were OK. We had bruises, scrapes but had LOADS of fun! Walking to neighbor's houses and hanging out drinking Pepsi Cola from the bottle. Making homemade ice cream was a treat! Not an electric machine, it was one of those hand cranked ice cream makers. Mom knew we were alright. We'd tell her every thing we did and she's laugh. No cell phones back then. I remember the Milk man delivering milk to our house. My dad's uniform was dry cleaned; picked up and delivered to our house. No fights broke out when we hung around our friends. Our mom did work part time and would come home to cook meals every day. I do not think there was a restaurant then but we did have a little cafe where we'd get a hotdog. There was only few stop lights then, no turn lanes or yielding. We, children, grew up respecting our elders. Thanks for the memory Don.
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