Congratulations to all the kids who were born before 1980

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.


They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs 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.

Riding in the back of a Ute on a warm day was always a special treat.

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 Red Rooster.
Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!

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 fruit tingles and some crackers to blow up frogs with.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……


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 scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and cubby houses and played in creek beds with matchbox cars.


We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, 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!

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…….no really!

We were given BB guns and sling shots for our 10th birthdays,

We drank milk laced with Strontium 90 from cows that had eaten grass covered in nuclear fallout from the atomic testing at Maralinga (look it up if you’re not Australian) in 1956.

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!

Footy had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

Our teachers used to belt us with big sticks and leather staps and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

Our parents got married before they had children and didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like "Kiora" and "Blade" (Ed. Nothing wrong with Blade (named in honour of champion ruckman Brendan Lade))
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 70 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

And YOU are one of them!


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, show it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?! 

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69 Responses to Congratulations to all the kids who were born before 1980

  1. Boz says:

    What ever does’t kill us makes us stronger. Attorneys have taken away alot of childhood memories from the current generation. Well said.

  2. Suzanne says:

    there are many good points in that 

  3. cosmogrl says:

    that was awesome!  I’ve seen other versions of that from time to time.  It’s so true though!  What I wouldn’t give to be able to let my daughter go play outside all day….but now-a-days you have to be out there supervising them or they get abducted!  Hope you are well!
    Wen 🙂

  4. Brett says:

    You forgot the awesome long rides to the hospital with zilcho blaring sirens, Nana saying ‘you’ll be as good as new in no time!’!
    This should be taught in History at my kids school. Well it’s a hair past a freckle I better be off! (those casio watches were an absolute marvel when they got to Australia)

  5. Daryl says:

    Hear! Hear! And there were many many adventures we didn’t share with mum and dad – many cuts and bruises just were not discussed. Cleaned up with a few tut tuts, and maybe, "You won’t do that again, will you!"  when we limped home, but that was about it. I tried very hard as a parent not to panic about my children when they were growing up. Despite a few dislocations, broken bones (on the soccer field where things were well supervised), the odd near drowning, experimenting with substances… I could go on, they all survived well, and there’s lots of love (even a few grandchildren!) between us.

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