Do you remember when

We are the survivors

Sometimes I think life is haywire and everything is out of control.  Children are no longer children like we were children.  The school I work at, introduced a Dell laptop program for students two years ago.  A year ago they ditched the Dell laptop prgogram and spent a fortune that could have gone into a nice healthy salary increase for me, and bought heaps of new Macbooks for a Macbook laptop program.  Wandering down the corridors at breaks and lunch, I see kids Skyping their friends sitting next to them, instead of playing outside.  What is the world coming to?  Everything now has to be technology-based.  Next year, this school is buying class sets of IPods so the students can record their voices.  Can't they do that already with a Macbook?  How the hell did we survive without technology? 

This hub is dedicated to all who were born in the 1930's 1940's, 50's, 60's and early 70's !


Our mothers smoked, drank while they were pregnant and lived in houses with asbestos roofs.  I know that our farm house had an asbestos roof and I think an asbestos water tank.
When our mothers had headaches, they took aspirin.  When they were hungry they ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon, processed meat, and tuna from a can.  

Nobody bothered about getting tested for diabetes or cervical cancer, or having your boob squashed in a mammogram.

Our baby cots and high-chairs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.  Lead-based paints were also used on many of our toys.

Medicine bottles opened easily and you didn't need a university degree to figure out how to open a child-proof lid.  Doors and cabinets were not childproofed.  You were told not to open them and if you did you got a smack on the bum.  You soon learnt what you weren't allowed to touch.  We rode our bikes without helmets or shoes, and didn't have baby seats in cars or seatbelts and airbags.  As students we hitchhiked without running into crazies.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.  There was no such thing as 'sparkling' water or spa water.

When we didn't fell like cooking, we nipped down to the local fish and chip shop, or bought a meat pie from the corner bakery.  There were no Pizza Huts, McDonalds , KFC, Burger King, Wendy's, Subway or Nandos.  If you wanted take aways you had to get off your backside and fetch it yourself.  There were no home deliveries.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn't open on the weekends, somehow we didn't starve to death!  We knew how to plan in advance.

We didn't get huge amounts of pocket money, and often had to do chores to earn our pocket money.  As we didn't have much money, we often shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old glass drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some firecrackers to blow up frogs with.  Guy Fawkes was not banned and we could fire up a Guy in our backyard.
We ate homemade cupcakes, cookies, white bread and real butter.  We drank soft drinks with sugar in it and ate icecream in summer.  But interestingly, we weren't overweight because.......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would safely run around the neighbourhood, leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

We didn't have cellphones so no one was able to reach us all day.  Amazingly, we were okay and always got home on time.  If we didn't, no pocket money or a smack on the bum.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and other bits and pieces.  We would race them down the hill, only to find out we forgotten the brakes. Sometimes we broke our arms or collar bones, but it was good fun.  We built tree houses and dens and played in river beds with matchbox cars.  We used to build forts amongst the lucern bales and make our own catapults that we would shoot little stones at each other.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no computer games at all, no cable TV,
no videos, cds and dvds.  We had vinyl records which we swapped and collected and treasured. 

On Saturday afternoon we would go to the bioscope to watch a film.  A family treat might be to go to the drive-in to watch a double-feature on a Saturday or Friday night.

There were no mobile phones, no personal computers, no laptops, Macbooks, IPods, MP3s.  No Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!  Our friends were real people, not people we met on Facebook, Twitter, Hubpages or Skype.

When we fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, there was no hotshot lawyer trying to make Lawsuits from these accidents.  We could go to a doctor and he would cure us, without being terrified he might get sued.

You believed in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Father Christmas.

We were given air guns, Swiss army pocket knives and catapults for our birthdays,

Mum didn't have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!  She was always there for us.  We used to have family fun days with all the aunts, uncles and cousins.

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and we knew exactly where we stood.  We respected them and didn't even think to swear at them or call them names.  We never heard of teachers being arrested for child pornography.  We went to school to get an education, not to socialise and play on the computer.

We were given normal names like Fred, Sally, Cindy and Mark.  Our parents didn't invent stupid names for their kids like 'Storm', 'Blade', 'Ridge' and 'Vanilla'.

We had freedom to explore and learn from our mistakes, when we failed we stood up and tried again, our successes were celebrated by both our parents, we were given responsibility which we handled no problem.  We learned how to deal with any problem that came our way.  We survived it all!

Now, everything is politically correct.  Don't smack a child on the bum if they are naughty.  People are terrified of their children getting hurt, eating something toxic, getting sunburnt.  Children are provided with every modern gadget, game and gizmo, all this technology, to stop them from playing outside.  Teachers are leaving the profession in droves as students in inner city schools get wilder and more out of control, and they are not allowed to do anything to stop it.  Families are breaking up and losing contact, keeping in touch via the internet.

Someone asked me the other day, which laptop program the new school I'm going to had.  Windows or Mac.  I replied with a smile, "Neither.  We don't have a laptop program where I'm going.  We have an outdoor education program."

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Wonderful and so true! I was outside from sun up until the street lights came on. Playing whatever game I could think of either alone or with the neighborhood kids.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

OMG we were just discussing this the other day . My grandson was given a PSP, I think it's called, and now he has to be forced to stop using it and to play outside. I fear for the future. Most teens I come across use foul language use back to front language, cool is hot, sick is something that is the latest and greatest. Where are we going????


Janetta 7 years ago

so funny Cindy! I remember spending my childhood playing with my cousins in an old rickety barn at my grandparents apple orchard. we didn't worry about spiders or rusty nails or falling through rotting floor boards--we just played and had a good time. I used to spend hours riding my bike all over town with my friends and during summertime, not coming in until the streetlights came on. The world has changed hasn't it :)


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Funny and true. We used to play on what was a bomb site from the second world war. When our Victorian school's heating broke down we had to throw small bean bags in the air to keep warm. We were never sent home. AND we had an outside loo and no bathroon at all at home. Now that was being deprived lol. Or so I am told.


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is so true Cindy. It was a different time and a lot of fun. I am trying to raise my son as gadget free as possible and keep the fun outdoors! It is amazing that I socialize more on the pc than out and about. Thanks.


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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

Cindy, you you [sob] saay that [swallow] there are no such things [sob] as the tooth fairy, easter bunny nor Father Christmas, boobhoo waaaaaaaah.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

TM. we only played inside when it rained.

Gypsy, Playstation killed outside play for my son.

Janetta, yes parents were so safety conscious back in the day, and we seldom got hurt.

Ethel, we never had an outside loo. Imagine these days parents letting kids play on old bomb sites!

Jodi, I find that peer pressure is so great that it's very difficult to keep them gadget free.

Hawkesdream, hold on, let me get you a box of tissues. Reality sucks, eh?


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Alright, I'm only 25...but I'm with you!

Kinda.

When I was a kid, we had chores, I got spanked, I got grounded, all that stuff. I played outside quite often, disappearing into the woods that lay just off my property.

We had a Nintendo, and later a Sega Genesis (with SEGA Channel!), but I didn't really stop exploring my enviroment until I was later in my teens and was rawkin' the computer (sometimes for the bad, mostly for the good) and the PlayStation.

They had torn down all the woods around me, and the creeks were only captivating for so long before you missed the woods again.

But besides that, I would also sometimes write pages of pages of pages of pages of stories. About aliens, (no, really?), vampires, wherewolves, far off futures and murky pasts.

I never had many friends around me, you see. So I had to make do with what I had...myself. Oh, and you've a dirty mind. ;)

Haha..anyway, just wanted to point this out:

"When we didn't fell like cooking, we"

I think ya mean feel. =)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol Ixxy, you bad bad boy, come here and let me spank you! But you are right, housing developments have ruined the areas kids used to play in. But, kids can still play in the garden...outside....sunlight


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thinking out loud 7 years ago

There is not a day that goes by that I don't look around and wonder what happened. But then again I'm still waiting for the return of the one garbage can system. If someone would have told my fathe he had to have three seperate garbage cans, He would have piled the stuff outside by the curb without any can.I feel so sorry for the kids today, they have no idea what real fun is. good work, enjoyed reading.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol TOL! Yeah, but have to say recycling is good though!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

This reminds me about the movie little rascle. They had a club house of the women haters club. It feels like I can reexperience all that again when babysitting kids. Too bad I can't play tag as long as I use too. Nowadays, kids in kindergarten are already learning to use the computer. C'mon, let them be kids?! Like you say, its better to have real friends than on twitter?


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

This is so true. When I was little as long as we had shoes on we played outside all day. On Saturday mornings we were allowed to watch cartoons but having 3 older brothers I usually ended up standing beside the TV holding the antenna in a perfect position so the picture would be clear and watch my brothers imitate Rick Flare on wrestling. I wouldn't trade it for anything. That is how we were taught to be humble. Great Hub.

dori


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

May, kids today do start on the computer very early. My Grade 4's are already on Skype and MSN Messenger. You go on a camp and they want to bring along their PSP or Nintendo DS!

Dori, lol, I can remember when the monkeys jumped on our roof and swung on our TV aerial and we kept losing our reception! Now we have satellite dishes and the monkeys can't interfere with them!


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

What's a Skype?! Am I that old already?! LOL


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

Wow, Cindy...what a walk down memory lane--thank you!

My childhood was filled with friends, swimming, kickball games, bike riding, clubhouse building, you name it, we did it...

Even if friends weren't available, my younger brother and I found things to do together outside--although we usually ended up in a fight, lol.

Our older two kids, who are close to Ixxy's age, did a lot of those same things when they were young--and our older son is still a hellion, haha. Our younger son wasn't quite as active as they were, and still isn't, but he does love to go on long walks on our city's bike path, so at least he gets some exercise that way, lol. Oh, and lugging his 25 lb. backpack around to his college classes...:)

I wish kids these days would go back to the pleasures of just being kids--getting tons of exercise by having fun...and also knowing without being told that respect gets you a lot farther in life than "attitude"...

Okay--off my soapbox now, sorry...lol

GREAT HUB!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

When I was a kid, I lived in the country TOL, so what didn't go on the compost got burned, and what came out of the fire (tin cans, etc.) was buried. glass jars were saved for preserves, bottles recycled.

Then we moved to town. Still burned a bit of stuff and composted, but there was a weekly garbage collection, and later more plastic and less refundable bottles, so out went the can. later still until recently the council would pick up one rubbish bag per household free, so they'd get one from me irregularly. Last year the greedy sods introduced recycling (good), but all the recyclables are collected mixed, sent to a distant city, sold (given?)and shipped to China, where they are sorted, all profits of course remaining there. Local recycling plants throughout the country are being closed down by various councils to enforce the absurdity. But I digress.

At the same time as this was introduced my council brought in a charge of $1.30 for EVERY rubbish bag collected, so guess what, I haven't put out a bag in a year. What I can't put in the recycle bin, or compost, I burn, and when I eventually get a supermarket bag of residue I won't bury it, I'll take a little walk one dark night and dump it in a council street bin.

So in 50 years I'm back to square one!

Cheers, TOF


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

May, lol you know what Skype is!

Tamcor, it is such a shame that technology has almost robbed our kids of a fun and active childhood!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

TOF, are you serious that they are charging you per rubbish bag? That is ridiculous! I'd also be roaming the streets at night, looking for a place to dump stuff!


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Yup-- I hear you, because I remember all of that. 

I don't live in the city now, and here they do charge to deposit trash in the landfill--  $3 a barrel after you take it there yourself. I recycle, compost, burn paper, use my own grocery bags, do not buy bottled water or plastic packaged yogurt, buy stuff that is not wrapped in three layers of disposable trash and may even  occasionally think about a small stealth trash dump in a community-available site.

Perhaps we ARE to blame-- breathing and eating all of that asbestos, lead and aspirin has produced a generation that invented laptops and iPods.

 


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol Rochelle, never thought of that! Doesn't burning release all toxins into the air?


Pachuca213 7 years ago

I loved this Cindy! Thanks for the memories of hot summer days drinking out of the manguera (hose) and remember how it is always hot water in the beginning? YUCK!! And all the great things we all did that is not done now...it is a shame that most of our kids don't know or won't get to see what we had...that was way better than this technological world....I am at least trying to show my kids the way I was as a kid. GREAT HUB!!!


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Yes-- we are only allowed to burn brush and leaves now. Sometimes you need a few old shredded bank statements to get it going.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

It's right Cindy, per bag, and these greedy little piglets on this council have water meters, and charge for every drop used domestically, not just for excess of reasonable usage. If you take rubbish to the refuse station yourself you're still charged around $35.00 a ute load. That includes green waste (prunings etc) and this is a country town.

Pearldiver's locale is not atypical of NZ council deviousness.

Regards TOF


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

JJ, I guess you are right. It is our responsibility to show are kids how to have fun the untechnological way. And I remember the water being warm in the beginning, and having a slightly plasticky taste from the hosepipe!

Rochelle, I'd rather burn the bills than the bank statements lol

TOF, where is Pearldiver's locale? It is driving me frigging crazy? It seems the councils are ripping off the public. Have a protest and dump all the rubbish on their doorsteps during the night!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Sorry Cindy, you'll have to work that one out with Pearldiver yourself, he's offered you enough bait on a stick.

In NZ they're moving towards less and less councils covering bigger and bigger areas. Mine was a town and borough council covering this town, three or four little villages and surrounding farmland until about 20 years ago. Now we're part of a district council with three or for distantly separated town areas, several villages and a large farming area. The rating system and community charges vary from area to area. Interestingly, the town that I live in, which has I believe the highest input into council funding due in part to a small levy on the gold mine growing like an ulcer near its centre also has the highest charges. Coincidentally the town in which the only previous district mayor and his lapdog, the incumbent live has, I'm told, the least - and a recently built council chambers complex that would more suit a major city in size and modernity.

Enough said. It would take numerous hubs to even scratch the surface of the local shenanigans.

Cheers, TOF


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Ahhhhh, why you are sticking with Pearldiver? Come and spill the beans! I have to say, NZ was the most politically correct country I've evr been to, and the kids amongst the worst behaved. Sounds like corruption and greed is doing well there!


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Awww, don't you love nostalgia! Six of us used to share a soft drink so we had an excuse to sit at the cafe and natter away instead of attending class! That's how we connected back then. :)


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dianacharles 7 years ago from India

Well that trip down memory lane did me some good. I owned an airgun..shot at swinging potatoes, not birds. Climbed trees, ate raw mango and tamarind...spent almost no time indoors, except to read and read and read.

Today kids don't read. They wait for the movie version to come out.They talk and write in abbreviated language...arggh.

Women are advised caesareans and hysterectomies at a drop of a hat. What did our forefathers do? It is becoming an increasingly complex world.

Don't even get me started on schooling. ;)


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

True enough!! Also, when we got cut, we scrubbed it with soap/water..no one drug out the antiseptic hand cleaner. However, in 1972 a girl I went to school with was murdered when she was hitchhiking home from school.. wierd thing is, she was on the news 3 months ago..they found the guy, in prison for someother murder.. Yeah for new DNA testing. Life was simpler, kids were more creative, so why are the kids from then, now the parents of these kids like this? Maybe it's the "We gotta earn a living to support an insane lifestyle-parent guilt" thing.

I loved this hub CV and I love your initials!!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Cindy: How true, I remember how I thought the world was a playground, used to chase clouds in the sky, yup, I thought in my innocence there were sheep in the sky. LOL! As I got older, I always had friends to play hide and seek , to climb fences with, to go for a swim, and Mom will let me stay out as long as I was home before dark.

Thanks for the memories and your message!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

FP, yes we used to drink out of the same bottle and never worried about Hepatitis!

Diana, you are so right. Kids don't read nearly enough any more.

Candie, yeah, DNA testing is a good new development. Hmmmm, wonder why you like my CV initials?

Violet, we used to have so much fun back in the day and when we try and tell the kids, they don't get it.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Omg two new hubs how did I miss these will read Cin in a tic got to go fetch my coffee, a gal has to get comfy you know lol


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hell 99 what if I quickly go to everyone of your Hubs and give it thumbs up. Bugger it I am going to do it we got to get u to 100 set your stop watch here I go


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Cindy a real trip down memory lane. Even divorce did not really exist back then, It was too big a disgrace. Girls were still virgins and sex was reserved for marraige, but when we did fall off the bus everyone rallied around to organise a wedding and there were a few 7 month healthy preemies! Even these marraiges tended to last!

Great Hub!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

LMAO pant pant finished I just wanted to be sure I gave your work thumbs up on your hubs as I may have forgotten to last time, wooo that was hard work

Hey Sixty you little stalker, stalk away hahaha, I am hoping her 99 ticks into 100, mine has been 99 before, I think it is possible I was sleeping and it may have hit 100 ROFL, well no harm dreaming

Cindy....calling cindy to base...can you read me.. over and out... darn this timing..you pop in here to have a few drinks and she is off whipping up her bangers again I bet


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

The time change thing has always been a bit of a problem! But we shall endure.

Stalk stalk!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Hahaha bloom bloom


ralwus 7 years ago

Well cindy, those were also the days when we were somewhat safer from the serial killers to come. we didn't know about the pedophile priests, we were pretty much ignorant of sex and yes we were disciplined with the rod of correction by many. Dr's also came to you, at home and now we must go to their temple to worship them. Ahhh, progress. To where?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Blonde thank you my friend, not sure if it will work, there's some kind of mystery with the hubscore. I was 99 the whole weekend, and then Monday dropped to 96.

Hey Sixty baby, you can stalk me anytime!

CC, I often wonder about if we are really progressing when the kids can't do mental maths anymore, and some can't write decently as you can't read their handwriting.


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I can relate to your initials..


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol Candie, only cause they are the same as your own!


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Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I know it's like we're twin er somethin''!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Could very well be, Candie, and separated at birth


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Yeah, its so bad even the Aussies notice. Well, I guess it's universal. British politicians' expense accounts, the US under Bush, (the jury's still out over the new guy) Lift a rock in any country and all sorts of horrid little politicians and civil servants slither and scuttle for cover, clutching their fat purses and hissing at you.

Hell, if I give you any more clues on 'divers locale, he'll thunder over here and threaten me with Fred Dagg.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

No he won't cause he's never come here. Go on, more clues please. I thought I'd figured it out as Wellington because of The Beehive, and Bumbletown. Then thought of Matamata. How about Cambridge?


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

How about it indeed. So where's the mountain and the running track everyone goes around one way, getting asymmetric legs?


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Mount Manganui?


mamahops 7 years ago

It is sad, looking at kids today. They are bored without their game systems, can't communicate without cell phones, and everything is on the computer. No imagination left - it's been programmed by someone/something else. I remember playing hide and seek at all hours in the summer with the neighborhood kids. Riding my bike for entertainment. Barbies until I was about 13 or 14. Building forts with my sisters out of our pillows. Are those days gone for kids?


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

thanks for the trip down memory lane, mind you I am glad it was only a trip as I don't think I would really want to live there now as I have become too use to my internet connection lol. When I was first married I went to Singapore with my husband and to send a letter to my mum and get a reply took the minimum of two weeks the reality was I sent more than I got back and sometimes it was months rather than weeks before I knew how things were back in the UK. Now with my daughter who lives in the USA I can talk to her anytime I want (time differences permitting) and see her face book entries to see what is going on.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Cindy, a bit pushed for a bucolic river and a population of 1477.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

TOF, have to sleep on it

Maggs, internet has made it easier for us to keep in contact, but I still think that kids should be encouraged to play outside.

Mamahops, little girls don't play with dolls like they used to. My youngest never wanted dolls!


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Nice hup. How times have changed

It took me forever to get to the bottom of the comments. My thumb is sore from clicking on my laptop.

Keep on hubbing.1


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gjcody 7 years ago

Wow ...I really enjoyed this article. You really brought some thoughts to mind. It was really wonderful then.

I used to look back at my days and wonder when I graduated what they could possibly call old fashioned ...and sure enough ..times have changed and I don't look at those times as old fashioned ...I look at those times as a pity that our children won't see and enjoy what we did.

You said it so well and I totally agree with all you are saying and of course we all know that "they" are training our children to stay in touch ...with who? ...not each other ...but with "big brother!"

In our day ..we could hide ...there is no hiding today ...With "onstar" ..."computers" ..."cell phones" ..."ipods" ...and the list goes on ..."Big Brother" is watching!

Thank you for sharing ...my best to your success!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Eovery, in the old days your thumb would be sore from getting a splinter in as you would have been playing outside.

Cody, don't tell me about Big Brother, watching every move!


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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

Nice walk down memoney lane there, Cindy. You know what Cindy? When I was a kid do you know what I wanted to be...? You'll never guess?

A film director. yup! Sam Raimi's Evil Dead used to kill me; scare me, yes; but kill me nonetheless. I blame it all on Sam Raimi that I wanna direct films, I wanted to scare other people the way the movie scared me. Some noble thought, huh.

Ofcourse later, Mom and Dad influences you to become a doctor or lawyer or engineer or whatever. I finally ended up with a degree in Computer Science, though.

But enough of my yapping, outdoor activities are virtually done away with these days. Kids wanna stay home playing video games - I admit, I was guilty, but at least I played hide and seek, war battles, soccer, basketball, name it, we had it all. And kids we're neighbourly as hell. And there was just this sweet innocence to everything we did together. Gawd, talking about it, gets me so damn depressed.

Great hub, Cindy, no kidding!


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I used to love our old pediatrician. When I took my boys in, embarressed because they were a mess of cuts and bruises, the doctor smiled.' Beat up legs from the knees down is the sign of a healthy child,' she said, 'it means they are active and play outdoors.'

My fondest memories of youth are of running wild in the woods - my mother knew I was out there somewhere, fires on the beach (for which we would no be arrested), playing ball in the street (good luck with that), and climbing trees (God forbid). Childhood is so restrictive now. I worry what kinds of people these cosseted, TV obsessed, indoor kids will grow up to be.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Fierycj, hey, you can still become a movie director!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Dolores, nowadays you take the kids into the doctor with cuts and bruises on their legs and they report you for child abuse!


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trish1048 7 years ago

Yep, I remember.  As so many have said, played outside with real friends and stayed out till the street lights came on.  Doctors made house calls, milk was delivered, coal was delivered.  Snow?  outside!  Sleigh riding, ice skating, building snowmen, making snow angels, building forts, snowball fights, and sucking on icicles, winters were the best.  If our clothes got too wet, we went home, put on dry ones and back out again.

Entertainment was visiting cousins and grandparents, or having house parties, or inviting the neighbors over for a game of cards,,those were the days. :)

We didn't have official neighborhood watch programs.  I grew up in a town one mile square, everyone knew everyone.  Neighbors watched out for each other as a matter of course.  I was fortunate to have a field behind my house as well as woods at the end of the street, and I spent countless hours playing there.  There were no bogeymen.  As an adult, I've gone back to my home town many times, and the woods, fields, train tracks are all gone.  Nothing but houses piled on top of an already crowded town.  Sigh,, 


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Trish, those were good times and I remember them well. I really feel sad that so many so-called privileged children, miss out on all of that these days. They live in a virtual world, do virtual snowboarding and play virtual games.


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trish1048 7 years ago

I agree Cindy. My granddaughter, who will be 8 in August, thankfully loves playing outside. If she goes on the computer at all, it's once in a great while to play a game, and that only holds her interest for about 30 minutes. She would much rather be outside. I just hope it continues to be that way :)


Erick Smart 7 years ago

It is scary just how little kids start out online and how much of their time they spend on the internet. True they need to know how to use this technology but they also need to run and play with real people as we did when we were kids.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

This is wonderful! I was just complaining how my kids are going around claiming to be bored. I'm shocked. I was out exploring the woods. They don't know how to use their imagination. they perfer movies and video games.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Trish, and as a teacher I see that kids can only concentrate when they're in front of a screen, they have concentration problems otherwise.

Erick, I'm sure that's why we have the obesity epidemic as kids no longer run around outside.

RGraf, yeah, they don't read books anymore and expect to be entertained.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I was born a decade after your list, but Eleanor and I went out on our bikes, and had to be home for lunch / tea as specified, or be deep in smelly stuff, but otherwise we just went (-:


Amy 7 years ago

The problem with the "olden days" is that everyone actually forgets how absolutely crap the "olden days" were. Sure, mums drank and smoked during pregnancies; their babies were born under weight and sometimes had learning difficulties. Sure, we didn't have to bother with annoying seatbelts in cars, or child booster seats; of course, the number of car accident-related deaths plummetted as soon as the seatbelt laws came into effect. People hate the nanny state, but the nanny state keeps us safe.

It reminds me of Romania; I lived there for 7 years and had to endure 7 years of "Life was soooooo much better under communism." Sure... You got a free house (no electricity or heat), free food (had to wait in line for 8 hours and then bribe someone not to give you the moldy one), and a free job (which was pressing the button in the elevator.) You had no freedom.

I refuse to glorify the "olden days," 'cuz quite frankly, I'm glad their gone. Now, if you excuse me, I'm going to go have a *free* video Skype with my mum. Back in 1999 Romania, I could only phone Canada once every 3 months and only for 15 minutes. Now, in China, I'll stop writing this comment and go see what she's making for breakfast. Maybe play a bit of online Wii with my nieces and nephews. Upload the lates pictures of my cats for my dad.... ....


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

lol Amy, it's only because you're so in love with your macbook! Miss Mac expert! ROFL!


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bala99 7 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Telly and the PC, real life killers.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

aww, this does not apply to me...but I will go 'reminisce' and attempt to re-live the good ol' days when my parents could not afford the 'modern conveniences' for myself, my brother and sister...but oh boy, now, I am making up for lost time!

XBOXLive FTW!!!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Agreed, Bala

AIDY, you game-aholic, you!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Memories, memories. The unforgettable smell of a long drop dunny; - having to get inside the house water-tank at the age of eight (I was the only one skinny enough to fit through the opening in the top) after it had been drained, to scrub out the tentacles of slimy green stuff growing there. - Trying to decipher Educating Archy from the static on the old wireless,- having to heat water in the copper for a bath. Oh, and a party line where six people could eavesdrop your conversations. Now with the web make that millions.

I think I might give a few of those a miss.

Cheers.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Lol, TOF those were the not so good memories that technology has improved. Hey Springboks beat the Lions!


A.M. Gwynn 7 years ago

Thank you for this Hub. I loved it!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I do very much agree and relate to this hub, Cindy....but.....

Can you imagine this same hub being written another 70 years before? Think of all the things THAT generation could say about ours? Each generation will always have things the previous ones didn't. It's just the way things work.

It's obvious that less physical activity is undermining the health of these future generations, but it's up to each of us to educate our kids, so they can in turn educate their kids, about the importance of combining whatever technological advances there are, with just good ole plain common sense. Getting some fresh air and sunshine has to be part of the mix.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

You should add this video....I've used it one of my hubs too. It almost says word for word what you are saying.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AlrFOBmdVI


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Gwynn, thanks for stopping by.

KCC, I know you are right, each generation does have things that are good and things that they definitely won't miss. I guess it is the sight of seeing kids just on the computer or playing xbox type games and no longer playing outside that gets me. Thanks for the video link. I'll add it. I'm trusting you that it is okay and relevant as youtube is still banned here! Thanks!


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

Man, I agree completely. I'm so glad I just barely escaped the technology boom. I'm still one of the ones who played outdoors everyday. I feel the same way as you. I've never even sent a text message because I hate what the proliferation of technology has done to young people. It would have been fun to grow up in the 50's though I think. Thanks for the fun read!


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

I sometimes wish I'd grown up in the 50s as well, but then I think, I'd be very old now!


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needs_a_break 7 years ago

lol great hub cindy and i totally agree with it... even tho i am only 18 years old and lived in the 90's not 30's, 40's, or '50s, i was lucky enough to be raised on a farm and have spend more time in the out doors than sitting inside, i guess i am one of the lucky ones of my generation, to not be addicted to video games and such, to have had a great life just going outside and hanging with friends, or going to the lake. love the hub...... BUT IM GLAD TEACHERS DON'T HIT USE ANYMORE.. :)


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Needs_a_break, I agree, teachers shouldn't hit, but I do think parents need to still give the odd smack here and then. Not beat, smack. There is a difference lol


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

been there done a lot of all that survived..... yes you should have got a pay rise I agree....... lovely hub..... don't know how i missed it before


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey Brenda, it's easy to miss hubs. I find it hard to keep up with the reading and commenting.


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JennyRoseV 7 years ago from Austin, TX

Hey Cindy,

I'm a new hubber and this one was great. I'm not completely old enough to have all these memories but I've got some of the good ole simple days. A time before we had a computer in the house, before I had a cell phone and when every meal was eaten at home , around the table with the whole family and made by my momma.


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Hey Jenny, welcome to Hubpages and hope you'll have as much fun here as I do. This is a great community to be a part of. Yeah, sometimes I long for those times, like when we used to all play board games Sunday afternoons. Kids don't want to do that anymore!


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JennyRoseV 7 years ago from Austin, TX

Thanks Cindy,

I'm glad to be here and again I agree, I guess that's why they call them the good ole days


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine Author

Jenny, that's so true, but I guess, we have to remember that in the good ole days we never had Hubpages!

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