I was checking my email when I stumbled on this certain email message from my tita. Then after I read her message, I was strucked by an unknown force. I woke up in my deepest slumber. I just came with a meek realizations in life.
The following is the exact email message that my aunt had sent to me, two weeks ago. It may sound funny and absurd, but I tell you, you'll feel what I felt - the unknown force that hit my conscience.
[x]First, some of us survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. ( sioktong ang inumin)
[x]They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, fish from a can (brand: Ligo), and didn't get tested for diabetes.
[x]Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints, pati na yung laruang kabayu-kabayuhan.
[x]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.
[x]As children, we would ride in car with no seat belts or air bags – hanggang ngayon naman, di ba ? (jeep)
[x]Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. (maykaya kayo pare!)
[x]We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle (minsan straight from the faucet).
[x]We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this, or contacted hepatitis.
[x]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!!
[x]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.
[x]No one was able to reach us all day (di uso ang cellphone, walang beepers). And we were O.K.
[x]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.
[x]We did not have Playstations, Nintendo'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!
[x]We fell out of trees, got cut, broke our 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!
[x]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.
[x]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.
[x]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, paminsan-minsan may nabubukulan.
[x]We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
[x]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.
[x]Ang magulang ay nandoon lang para tignan kung ayos lang ang bata….hindi para makialam.
[x]This generation of ours has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and managers ever!
[x]The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
[x]We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
[x]HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them!
(this message didn't refer to me but for all kids who were born at 50's, 60's and the 701's. My tita was born in '76.)
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?!
Then, reality hit me.
My mom and dad also read this (both were born at '66 and '67 respectively) and both laughed at the message. They just remembered their childhood days and these facts presented in the email were all TRUE.
Iba na talaga ang kabataan [x]- NGAYON -[x]