I can remember the 80s like it was just yesterday (WARNING: Nostalgic Post follows!!!).
In the 1980s you could happily run around all afternoon playing cricket at a mate’s place… digging massive holes in the vacant land next to the school… Pull each other around the school field on a frosty morning leaving awesomely long trails behind you… You could play catch and kiss and DEFINITELY not want to catch or be caught by the girls! You could climb the old Walnut Tree in the school grounds, and make HUGE piles of leaves when it lost it’s leaves in the Autumn. You could have “fights” just to prove you weren’t chicken (and then hide half the afternoon from the grandfather of the boy you fought – HEY… Testosterone was kinda new at the time!!!)… You could float down the river before there was a lake there… and you could wear shorts when all the adults were wearing trousers… man we were tough.
The 1980s were so carefree as a young nipper… I think that in some respects, I would love to have the same carefree attitude now, that I had back then… Life would be simple! No mortgages, no need to upgrade stuff to newer stuff that does the same thing… no need to worry about young people today…
I think that our young people today are missing out on digging holes, building forts, throwing stuff at other stuff… floating down rivers, walking in forests, fixing things that you broke… I reckon we all need to lobby the government to re-work the system of time and make it 1983 again! We could get cheaper houses, food and bring back 10-cent K-bars, 20-cent “Mixtures” and 15-cent Popsicles. There would be 1,2 and 5 cent coins, 1 and 2 dollar notes… And the movies would have an intermission where you could buy more Jaffas to roll down the Aisle or if you were feeling particularly naughty – throw down the front!
Oh well – I guess I will have to settle for today… and try and make the most of it!
I would love to hear the things you remember from the 80s… or if you are younger, things your parents told you! 🙂