Cayading: Are You Kids of 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s?

THIS article wants to share with you how life during those years as compared life of children born out from those specified years. Well, you know what you are talking about and really agree with this column if you are one of these kids..... WHAT A BIG DIFFERENCE! I knew for I myself belong to that era.

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne and drank San Miguel Beer while they carried us. While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine, ate chicken intestine (“isaw”), and didn't worry about diabetes. And kids were born with the help of “unlicensed partida” o “manghihilot.” Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood covered with lead-based paints, and even yung walker, matigas na kahoy na walang gulong. We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (lampin sewed out from harina sacks), and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, sometimes walang preno yung bisikleta. Kids of those years were taken care of by their mothers. (not like the kids of today, have yayas and some parents use TV as their babysitters).

As children, we would ride in hot with no air-condition buses with wooden seats (yung Dangwa or BAL), or cars with no air-conditioning & no seat belts (ngayon halos lahat may aircon na) Riding on the back of a carabao on a breezy summer day was considered a treat. (Kids of today do not even know how carabao looks like).

During vacation and during weekends, children would leave home in the morning and play all day, and get back and play patintero, tumbang preso, habulan at taguan, played siatong and other childhood games. No one was able to reach them all day at home (di uso ang cellphone, TV, laptop, games, Internet, no beepers, etc....etc.)

Telephone games used before were made from Rose/Ligo sardines connected and with cotton string.

Kids spent hours building their wooden trolleys (yung bearing ang gulong) or plywood slides out of scraps and then ride down the street, only to find out there were no brakes! We made up games with sticks (syatong ), and cans (tumbang preso )and although they were told those games were dangerous, there were no cases of nabulag, naaksidente o namatay, paminsan minsan may nabubukulan lang. After hitting or falling into a canal (sewage channel) a few times, kids learned to solve their own problem.

There were no Play stations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD's,  no cell phones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, no FBs, YMs Friendsters, Twitters and Instagram. ...... ...There were bounty of REAL FRIENDS around! Children of those years went outside to actually talk and play with their real friends! ...fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents. The only rubbing was from friends with the words..masakit ba ?

They played with homemade guns made out of wood and tied up with rubber band, sumpit, tirador at kung ano ano pa na puedeng laruan, makasakitan pero masaya pa rin ang lahat, no bullying or kids fighting done. Children before walked or rode bikes to a friend's house and knocked on the door, or just yelled for them to jump out the window and play. Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't pass had to learn to deal with disappointments. There were no cases of childhood depression and damaged self esteem.  Parents are just there to watch their kids playing and not there to intervene if there are kids conflicts.

Before kids drank water (straight from the faucet or poso) from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle purchased from groceries. Kids who are playmates shared one soft drink bottle with four of our friends, played in the dirt, washed their hands a bit and ate ice creams and snacks. Kids were not afraid of having bacteria in their stomachs, ate rice with star margarine or purico, took raw eggs straight from the shell, and drank soft drinks with real sugar in it, but weren't sick or overweight. NO ONE actually died from these. Or no one contacted hepatitis. And yes, kids of those years were very O.K. Very seldom were hospitalized.

It is a REAL THING!...The generation of those years has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! And to mention them... they are the successful businessmen, CEO's, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.  

The past 50 to 60 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had failures, successes, and responsibilities. We learned from our mistakes the hard way. Children born during those years were lucky indeed. You might want to share this to the next generation, your children’s children and others who have the chance to grow up as real kids, so they will know how brave their parents and grandparents were.

It is a lifetime LEGACY worth sharing to the next generation to come!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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