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Gen X was probably the last generation of feral kids.

I remember one boring humid summer day where me and my mates, most of us 8-10 years old spent the day trying to put leeches on girls, or touching the electrified cattle fence for shits and giggles.

One day some guy laying water pipe didn’t know where the street was he needed to be on. So we all climbed in the back of his van to show him. Afterwards he gave us the the leftover pipe which we turned into a race track for our toy cars, and blow pipes to fire rocks at girls. Ahhhh the summer of 1989. That Xmas I got a Commodore 64…
Picklebobble2 · 56-60, M
Yeah we have survived quite a bit of stuff that would probably fill our Grandchildren with terror if they knew about it. 😬

Lead in paint.
Asbesdos in walls.
No seatbelts in cars.
Teachers smoking in class.
Corporal punishment from either parents or family or school or even just random grown-ups giving you a clip around the ear if you were cheeky to them !
Cheap travel so we took busses and trains to nearby places but our folks wouldn't know where we were.
Accepting lifts from strangers in their cars.
Crossing canals via the locks.
Crossing railway tracks.

It's a wonder there are so many of us still around.
Barefooter25 · 46-50, M
Gen X is the only generation that connects the World War II/ Baby Boomer era to the Millennial/Gen Z era. Even though us Gen Xers have a connection to today's technology and pop culture, we still watched and remember the Saturday morning cartoons, the pre internet age and the old tv shows and movies from 30 years ago and back.
@Barefooter25 Somebody told me something on Reddit that it just never occurred to me to think about. They said that Saturday morning cartoons weren't just for kids, they were for adults so they could sleep in.
spjennifer · 56-60, T
In the 60's and 70's we had potato guns and cap pistols and we'd head out on our bicycles first thing in the morning and only come home for supper, our parents had no idea where we went nor what we were doing all day long. I can remember riding on the package shelf of my parent's car reading a book for a 500+ mile trip when I was about 8 years old, bombing down the highway at 120 Mph, in a 5000 lbs Oldsmobile 98, something like this one but ours was blue 🤪

MissingLink · 51-55, M
Amazing how we entertained ourselves with rocks and pipes and leeches lol, the younger generations can not even fathom any of this
Queendragonfly · 31-35, F
I'm millennial and did this too. You're not cooler, just more back pain.
@Queendragonfly lolz. Truth.
WintaTheAngle · 41-45, M
@Queendragonfly You can’t be a millennial and be in your thirties.

Which point is bullshit?
Ynotisay · M
Leave in the morning and come home when the streelights came on.
SunshineGirl · 36-40, F
It sounds like a tough summer in which to be a girl 😐

A gang of boys once put a spider in my dress and performed a mock lynching on my doll 😥
smiler2012 · 56-60
[@wintatheangle ] 😆some nice memories some dangerous and crazy and some cruel but fun at the time
Thevy29 · 41-45, M
Commodore 64? the Caddilac of gaming PC's. Say what games did you have?
WintaTheAngle · 41-45, M
@Thevy29 Jet Set Willy. Christmas Dizzy. Platoon. Powerdrift. Dambusters. Turrican 2.

So many
Domking · 61-69, M
There was [i]life[/i], and [b][i]Liberty[/i][/b] too, before technology and abundance took over.
Thevy29 · 41-45, M
Just about spent everyday at the beach. Making cubby houses out of caves. Swimming, fishing, crabbing, Picking Periwinkles off of the rocks. Cooking them in a billy can on the beach, with a bit of vinegar.
Nicking the Styrofoam crates from the fish factories and using them as boats.
Taking fruit off the trees and bushes that hung over peoples back fences.
wildbill83 · 36-40, M
modern kids wouldn't last a day in the 80's...
street lights were our clock...
GlitterEater · 36-40, F
You're turning into a Boomer. Chill.
Neoerectus · M
Not necessarily. In a rural town our kids roamed freely on foot and by bike. Cities are def. a different animal. A friend in Miami had a daughter almost abducted off the street.
WintaTheAngle · 41-45, M
@Neoerectus Not the same thing
I remember getting yelled at by my parents at the end of the day because a couple of friends I had just made that same day suggested we bust into an abandoned house and see what there was to play with. We ended up playing guns with old race car remotes.

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