I don't know whether I like being referred to as one of the "Aging Babyboomers" but I guess I am.
When this dropped into my inbox recently it certainly brought the memories flooding back.
A chip was a piece of wood, or a fried potatoe,
hardware was nuts and bolts and
a mouse was something a cat chased and
anything made in Japan was junk
All the girls had ugly gym slips!
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up
Nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school.
Nobody owned a pure bred dog
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny
Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces
All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels
They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . . And they did!
You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time.
Food was very baisic compared to what we have now but it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents
When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car...
And people went steady
No 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 giggles?
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game
Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger
And 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?
When being sent to the headmasters 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
Summers were filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks.
I'm sharing this with fellow aging babyboomers 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.
The Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko?
Sorry but you're definitely one of the
When fastfood was before lent,
and a big MAC was an oversized rain coat,
crumpet was what you had for tea and
sheltered accommodation was what you used when waiting for a bus.
Smoking was fashionable, and grass was something you mowed.
a gay person was the life and soul of the party.
Coca Cola in bottles.
Blackjacks and bubblegums
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops
Hi-If's & 45 RPM records.
Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a slingshot ?
War was a card game?
Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
I Double Dare you to pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life.