1950’s, 60’s and 70’s !!
First, some of us survived being born to
mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. (sioktong ang
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese
dressing, fish from a can ( brand : ligo ), and didn’t get tested for
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs
were covered with bright colored lead-based paints, pati na yung laruang
We had no childproof lids on medicine
bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no
helmets, no kneepads , sometimes ngang preno yung bisikleta.
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
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
WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!
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 ( di
uso ang celfon, walang 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,
‘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…..masakit ba ? 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 –
gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit , tirador at kung ano ano
pa na puedeng makasakit…..pero walang nagrereklamo.
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 r ode 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. Walang sumasama ang loob.
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
DEAL WITH IT ALL!
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 type is because your eyes
may not be able to read this…. at your age
ok lang ba kaibigan?
pakipasa nga ito sa iyong mga tunay na
kaibigan para makaalaala pa.