Lito Parungo received this e-mail from a friend and would like to share it with all of you. It will somehow remind us of our own childhood and how things were so simple then. Here it is:
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, pati na yung laruang kabayu-kabayuhan.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads , sometimes wala 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 softdrink 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 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 magpatintero, tumbang preso, habulan, taguan….
No one was able to reach us all day (di uso ang celfon, walang beepers). And we were OK.
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 videotape 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 lang sa iyo….. beh buti nga !
We play in the dirt, wash our hands a little and ate with our bare hands …. 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 pwedeng makasakit …. pero walang nagrereklamo.
We made up games with sticks (syatong) and cans (tumbang preso) and although we were told it would happen, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay …. kahit paminsan-minsa’y 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. 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 HOW TO 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 purportedly for our own good.
And while you are at it, share it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.