Wednesday, June 4, 2008

To Those Who Were Born In the 1950's, 60's and 70's !!!

... and everyone who can relate...

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. (sioktong ang inumin)
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, fish from a can ( brand : ligo ), and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints, even our toy horse.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads , sometimes our biked don't even have breaks.

As children, we would ride in car with no seat belts or air bags – hanggang ngayon naman,di ba ? ( jeep )

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. ( maykaya kayo pare ! )

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle ( minsan straight from the faucet)

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. Or contacted hepatitis.

We ate rice with tinunaw na purico ( dahil ubos na ang star margarine), nutribuns na galing kay macoy and drank sopdrinks with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight kasi nga.....


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. (Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso , habulan taguan...)
No one was able to reach us all day ( there were no celfon , or beepers ). And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our trolleys or slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

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 cell 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. The only rubbing we get is from our friends with the words…..does it hurt? (masakit ba?) But if your playmate is mad at you he would say "good for you!" (pero pag galit yung kalaro mo,,,,ang sasabihin sa iyo…..beh buti nga ! )

We play in the dirt , wash our hands a little and ate with our barehands…we were not afraid of getting worms in our stomachs.

We have to live with homemade guns – made of wood and tied with rubber band (gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit , tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng makasakit...pero walang nagrereklamo) and anything that can hurt but nobody complained.
Pinoy made up games with sticks ( syatong )and cans ( tumbang preso )and although we were told it would happen, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay paminsan minsan may nabubukulan.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!

Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Nobody harbors ill-feelings. (Walang sumasama ang loob.)

Parents are there to watch over their kids but not mingle. (Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tignan kung ayos lang ang bata….hindi para makialam.)

This generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and managers ever!

The past 50 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 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.

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

PS - The big font is because your eyes may not be able to read this... at your age!!!

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  • Don Dousharm said...

    That's pretty funny Earthlingorgeous,

    Where I was raised as a kid, everyone knew everyone. If you were out causing trouble, everyone knew and so did your parents. The most you had to worry about was getting into a fist fight. In this day and age if you look at someone wrong you can get a bullet in the head.

    The ideals of these times are long since gone. You have to keep a close eye on your children just to keep them safe.


  • Jack Payne said...

    Great piece. Brings back a lot of distant memories. And, so well written. You need a Literary Agent.

  • Anonymous said...

    yeah, how different life was and yet, they were happier, healthier, more content people!

  • bobbyboy said...
  the corner of my mind la la la :)

    I'm going to post this to a Philippine forum I belong to if it's ok?

    Great blog, brought a smile to my face ^_^

  • earthlingorgeous said...


    I agree, I wish I can turn back time or atleast have all those same values and principles we once had.

    With that prices of commodities will also go down :D everybody will be happy!

    Hi Mr. Payne!

    Wow! You visited me here! Thanks so much for the compliment. Would you like to be my agent? :D

    Pinoy Around the World,

    Yeah, those were the days, when climbing a neighbors roof wasn't a big deal, where power-out at night time means hide-and-seek games for the kids... sigh... I miss those times.


    Yeah, those were the bestest time of our life. Go ahead and post it :) I'd be happy you spread the happy bug and let everyone go down the memory lane:)

  • theworkingmom said...

    Just thought this would be a perfect entry to PPBC 3. Details for this edition are here. Hope you can join us again :)

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