GUMBY IS GREEN! BORN IN THE 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and EARLY 80's

There's an article going around the Internet, entitled “To Pinoys/Pinays who were born in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.” It’s a nostalgic and, in many ways, delightful piece that tries to remind people about a time when children didn’t have Playstations and Facebook and cell phones, among other things. Some find it funny, yet some beg to disagree that the children of that era are more fortunate than the children of today's generation (considering the advent of technological advancements). For what it's worth, I hope you will find yourself travelling down memory lane and appreciating the good ol' days.

First, some of us survived being born to mothers who did not have an OB-Gyne, who drank Syoktong, while they carried us. The manghihilot was the cheapest way to deliver babies. Dinala ka ba ng nanay mo sa pediatrician for DPT? While pregnant, they took cold or cough medicine, cortal or medicol and didn't worry about diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after all that trauma, our baby cribs were made of hard wood covered with lead-based paints, pati na yung walker (andador) natin, matigas na kahoy or rattan at wala pang gulong. We had no soft cushy cribs that play music, no disposable diapers (lampin lang), (noon cloth or rattan duyan lang tied to the posts or ceiling, babies would fall asleep sa sobrang hilo ) and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, no kneepads, sometimes wala pang preno yung bisikleta.

Take-out food was limited to Ongpin's pansit or Aling Toyang's pre-cooked ulam in kalderos. No pizza shops, McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Jollibee; and, coffee was just kape hinde kasing-mahal ng Starbucks. As children, we would ride in jeepneys libre pag kandong, hot un-airconditioned buses with wooden seats (yung JD bus na pula), or cars with no airconditioning & no seat belts (ngayon lahat may aircon na.) Riding at the back of a carabao on a breezy summer day was considered a treat. (ngayon hindi na nakakakita ng kalabaw ang mga bata.) Did you make your own saranggola and pasted bubog on the strings?

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle purchased from 7/11 (minsan straight from the faucet or poso.) walang 7/11 noon, sari-sari store ni Mang Akong to buy Sarsi, Suntan, RC cola or Choco-vim. We ate rice with star margarine, pampatangkad daw, took raw eggs straight from the shell and drank softdrinks with real sugar in it (hindi diet coke), but we weren't sick or overweight kasi nga.......

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! We would leave home in the morning and play all day and get back when the streetlights came on. Sarap mag patintero, tumbang preso, habulan at taguan. Hindi uso ang kidnap-kidnap na yan, safe maglaro sa labas.Tanda mo ba PIKO, step-no-step- yes, trumpo, garter & mala-ahas sa haba na goma? Kung maulan, jackstones, pick-up sticks or sungka, bahay-bahayan, tinda-tindahan, titser-titseran or swimming sa baha or kangkungan.

No one was able to reach us all day (di uso ang cellphone, walang beepers.) And yes, we were O.K. Sipol lang ni tatay ang meron noon!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 100 channels on cable, no DVD movies, no surround stereo, no IPOD's, no cellphones, no computers, no Internet, no chat rooms, no Facebook, Youtube, etc. ......... ...WE HAD REAL FRIENDS and we went outside to actually talk and play with them.TV viewing was a treat, kilala mo ba si Popeye, Gumby, Betty Boop & followed the bouncing ball in Melody Tunes? That was karaoke then, LOL!

We climbed walls and trees (to get aratiles and catch salagubang & tutubi - tied them on the neck or buntot with a string,) fell off trees, got cuts or "bukol", broke bones and teeth and there were no stupid lawsuits from these accidents. The only ribbing we got was from our friends with the words...masakit ba ? Pero pag galit yung kalaro mo,,,,ang sasabihin sa iyo..beh buti nga ! Sabay belat. We played marbles (jolens) in the dirt , washed our hands just a little and ate dirty ice cream, fish balls & inihaw sa baga. We were not afraid of getting sick or getting germs in our stomachs.

We had to live with homemade guns, gawa sa kahoy, tinali ng rubberband , sumpit , tirador at kung anu - ano pa na puedeng makasakit, pero masaya pa rin ang lahat. We made up games with sticks (siato), and cans (tumbang preso) and although we were told they were dangerous, wala naman tayong binulag o napatay... paminsan minsan may nabubukulan lang.

We walked a lot, rode bikes, or took tricycles to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them to jump out the window. Mini basketball teams had tryouts and not everyone made it to the team. Those who didn't pass had to learn to deal with the disappointment. Wala iyang mga childhood depressions at damaged self esteem ek-ek na yan. Ang pikon, talo.

(And may Mombisyosa add: Our afternoons are most enjoyable reading Tagalog Klasiks, Pilipino Komiks, Aliwan, Espesyal, Hiwaga and Liwayway.)

That generation of ours had produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, creative thinkers and successful professionals ever! They are the CEO's, Engineers, Doctors and Military Generals of today.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had failure, success and responsibility. We learned from our mistakes the hard way.

(Author Unknown)

Note: Sa totoo lang, ngayon ko lang na-realize na kulay green pala si GUMBY!!! Kasi ang recollection ko ay parang kulay gray siya! Eh, tama lang din pala, kasi black and white pa nga pala yung TV namin hehe

Favorite namin noon si Gumby... kasi yun lang yata ang palabas na cartoon sa Channel 7. At kahit hindi pa ako nakakaintindi ng English, natatandaan ko na tawang tawa ako sa kanila ni Pokey!

Kayo ba, kumusta kabataan ninyo? What do you remember with much fondness?