My kids love hearing ‘I remember when’ stories from when I was a young child. So much has changed, so very quickly over the last few decades. It’s almost impossible to imagine being back in a world without mobile phones, Minecraft and McDonald’s. How DID we survive?
Who remembers when plum puddings were not a desert but little plants that one could pull out of the garden and eat the roots?
I remember as a child, honey suckle flowers that would be in my mother’s garden, I’d suck the juice out of the flower.
The tar on the road would bubble on a hot summer’s day and kids would pop the little bubbles and taste the tar.
Anyone remember the Dunny Man?
I remember when the toilet was an old drum with a seat and squares of newspaper had been cut up and hung on a nail behind the door. When the toilet was full the ‘Dunny’ man would come late at night and hoist the drum up on his shoulder and carry it away! But not before replacing it with an empty one.
I remember going to a milk farm and watching cows be milked and then drinking the warm milk and having a white moustache from the delicious thick cream. Oh yes, we knew that milk didn’t come from the shop packed in a plastic bottle. Do our kids?
Paddock To Plate
As a child we would also pick up cow’s manure from paddocks to take home to fertilise our vegetable garden that was overflowing with spinach, tomatoes and herbs. In those days even the neighbors grew their own ‘veggies’. Tomatoes tasted like tomatoes!
Or how about knocking the chickens head off with an axe (no buying from Coles neatly packaged) and watching the chicken end up in the laundry tub having its feathers plucked and then served up for tea!
How about having dripping on bread or fresh cream and jam on bread, baked rice puddings and crumbing one’s own cutlets.
The list is endless, another time and another place. Time never stands still and we’re always moving forward. But it’s not always for the better.
Who else has wonderful memories of life when it seemed much easier? What do you remember from your childhood? Tell us in the comments below.