Thoughts from Jeanne Hambleton

Hooray for Antony Barton who had foresight to pass this onto 45 other people until it finally reached my dear friend Lynne. Thanks Lynne for keeping me in the loop.

Yes I am one of these kids and really proud of it. I think my Mum and Dad did a great job … well I would, wouldn’t I? I might have fibromyalgia now but I had a great childhood in the country – climbing trees, roaming the fields with Blackie, the black lab, (he was our guardian)  picking crab apples,  hazelnuts, cob nuts,  gathering wild flowers,  masses of bluebells, building hideaways, scrumping, and wearing those dreadful thick navy fleecy gym knickers. I wanted to hide at gym time.

Just think of  all that fun and excitement the children of today are missing, glued to their computers, mobile phones and electric games –   bombarded with rays that does no good.  If as I read in the newspapers,  a mobile  phone can allegedly  ‘boil’ an adult brain, what must it do to a child’s young brain.

We played with marbles and gobs (five stones) in the gutter and learned our arithmetic. We forgot to wash our hands after playing on the floor.  We ate unwashed apples, raw carrots and loved tomatoes.

I am sure all that made me a more balanced person as well as healthier, out in the fresh air and  burning up energy all the time.  I was a skinny kid.  I would not change my happy childhood days and my love of my family and parents  for anything.

 My interesting email reads: We are all of a generation that we can all relate to the following…….


“And we never had a whole Mars bar until 1993”!!! 


1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s


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, 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 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 Toffees, Gob stoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers 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 street lights 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, 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…


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!

FOOTBALL and CRICKET had try outs and not everyone made the 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. 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 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.

PS -The big type is because your eyes are not too good at your age anymore …..no offence !


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