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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I thought I'd share with you these cute chalk drawings I came across on a walk a few days ago. They made me smile. You rarely see children outside playing anymore. I realize it's a different world from the one I grew up in the 60's and 70's, but it's still hard for me to accept. We all spent the entire summer outside, roaming the neighborhood, stealthily exploring yards, spying on the houses we considered creepy, coming home only for lunch, supper and bedtime. In fact, our parents only needed to keep us in the house if they wanted to punish us!!

I found the article below on Develop Your Child

Am I just getting old or has something been lost?

If like me you grew up in the 60s and 70s, enjoy these memories…If you grew up in the 80s and after, simply imagine…

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!) On a personal note: my mother used to put me out to sleep on the front veranda in my pram and later playpen in a fairly large city (Hamilton, Ontario). As well, moms used to park their baby carriages (babies inside!) outside of department stores and go inside and shop...the carriages would be lined up outside against the building and no one thought anything of it..!

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. My mom made us come home for meals...no fair! No one was able to reach us all day. No mobile phones. Unthinkable.

We played dodge ball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents? We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate cakes, bread and butter, and drank sugary pop but we were never overweight.........we had pleasure from our food rather than worrying about what we were eating. We shared one bottle of pop with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this?

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, XBoxes, video games and all 99 channels on Sky Digital TV, video tape movies, surround sound, personal mobile phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms........ we had friends. We went outside and found them.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to. And perhaps you are one of them.

* DISCLAIMER: I have been since 'informed' that these pics are actually x-rated! I plead ignorance...see my update here.


  1. I was born in the 60s, so this brought back so many wonderful memories. We had the best childhood. My brothers and I spent the entire day outdoors, playing, exploring, having fun. We didn't have many toys, and we didn't need them; our imaginations created our fun. I really don't envy the kids today; their childhoods seem so dull.

  2. I completely agree with you.

  3. I was born a bit later, but in Russia, and had the wildest childhood by todays standards, perhaps we were the last generation to do so. We did so much crazy stuff outdoors, building forts, cooking on a fire (at 6-9 yrs old), swimming unsupervised, and occasionally getting hurt. I too don't even know what kids DO for fun these days, everything is so sanitized. If there is a pile of dirt, doubtless it will be soon surrounded by a fence 'to keep kids safe'. Ugh.

  4. Hi Tatiana, You probably were one of, if not the last generation to have a real childhood. I believe the pendulum has got to swing back the other way at some point because this is ridiculous. Judging by today's standards I don't know how we all survived to tell the tale, but we did!


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