A comparison of todays children compared to when I grew up in the 1960/70’s.
Why are today’s children so sickly?
I have read countless articles on children with ‘Nut allergies’ and ‘food intolerances’ and children seeking ‘Physic iatric’ help around exam times! I see articles on children being mugged for their designer trainers and designer casual wear! I consider myself middle aged at 46. However I can remember my childhood very well. I was born and grew up in a poor working class family in north London in the 1960’s and 1970’s
I cannot remember my mother ever asking me throughout my childhood,
“What would you like for dinner?”
This didn’t ever happen. The families meal choices were motivated by money or more directly lack of money! Our dinner table didn’t ever see Beef Steak or pork chops and most definitely not Veal or Salmon or Trout. Only for one year did I ever have school dinners as my family couldn’t afford it. We didn’t even have sandwich boxes! We had sandwiches packed in a used bread packet.
By necessity my mother would buy ’Out of date’ food. Say for instance if we had Yogurt its was out of date by two to three days! This wasn’t an attempt by my mother to poison us as children. There were three of us children to be supported. My father often had two jobs and my mother usually had a part time job. This combined income was hardly enough to keep us all.
We didn’t have central heating in our house and my old family home still doesn’t have central heating or double glazed windows! Most of our food shopping for a week was bought off a market which came to Enfield on a Thursday my mother would take two shopping trolleys and fill them with cans of food from the market. The cans of food had no labels or date stamps!
There was a sign above the dented cans which said,
“In these cans there will be either, Dog food or cat food, and or canned fruit, possibly soup or canned Spam or Corned beef “
As our family had a dog and many cats the market stall was a must for our family. Once home the cans were opened and the contents examined? If the can contained fruit instead of corned beef for instance my mother would continue opening cans until she hit upon something for our dinner! The cans that were opened and not used straight away were placed in the fridge!