My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread butter on bread on 

 the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we 

didn't seem to get food poisoning.

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, 

not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e. Coli

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake or at the beach
instead of a  pristine pool (talk  about  boring), no beach closures then.

We  all took PE ..... And risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop

sandshoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion

soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small car. I

can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us

how much safer we are now.

We got the cane for doing something wrong at school, they used to call it

discipline yet we all grew up to accept the rules and to honor & respect

those older than us.

We had 50 kids in our class and we all learned to read and write, do math
and spell almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct

 We all said prayers in school irrespective of our religion, sang the

national anthem and no one got upset.


Staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention 

 We wish we hadn't  got.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed

to be proud of myself.

I just can't  recall how bored we were  without computers, Play Station,
Nintendo,  X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren't!!

Oh yeah .... And where was the antibiotics and sterilization kit when I 

 Got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played "King of the Hill" on piles of gravel left on vacant building

sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the 2/6p bottle of iodine and

then we got our backside spanked.

Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of

antibiotics and then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for 

 leavinga horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a  threat.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they 

 were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?


We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn't even

notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?