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I remember the years of my childhood, and the bread that we cut with a knife.

When the children helped with the housework, and the men went to work, not the wife.

The cheese never needed a fridge, and the bread was so crusty and hot,

The children were seldom unhappy, and we were content with our lot.

school milk_01
National Archives Australia

I remember the milk from the bottle, with the yummy cream on the top,

Our dinner came hot from the oven, and not from a freezer or shop.

The kids were a lot more contented, they didn’t need money for kicks,

Just a game with their friends on the road, and sometimes the Saturday flicks.


Homes and homesteads - Woman uses rotary beater
National Archives Australia

I remember the red stone step, which was polished until it shon,

“Now don’t you dare step over it, get out and play, be gone.”

Yes, these were the words of my nan, she who we must obey,

For if you ever upset her, then there would be hell to pay!

Bathing was done in a wash tub, with plenty of rich foamy suds,

But the ironing seemed never ending, as mum pressed everyone’s ‘duds’.

I remember the slaps on the backside, and the taste of soap if we swore,

Anorexia and diets weren’t heard of, and we hadn’t much choice what we wore. Do you think that this bruised our ego, or our initiative was destroyed?

No, we just ate what was put on the table, and I think life was better enjoyed.

A farming family at dinner in their kitchen WA
National Archives Australia

I remember the shop on the corner, where sweets for pennies were sold,

Do you think I’m just being nostalgic…..or am I just getting old!



Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. In retrospect … yes that was how it was and we survived and accepted it for what it was … so why if it was REALLY that wonderful have we tried to make it different for our kids and grandkids?? Just asking!!

  2. That is WHY have we tried etc etc….. sorry couldn’t edit

  3. O Dear! Hope I get the contents of my words right, or I will get a right telling off and sent to bed early!!!Another thing we use to have when I was growing up in the 50″s ,60″s. Were manners and respected….No Game-ing, Cell-Phones or Computers.Take Aways were a picnic at the Beach. That why, what we did then, as Parents today does not Work Now…

  4. Yes, it does sound great, but I know that staying home for mothers wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I can’t bare the thought of staying home day in and day out to face – HOUSEWORK. I was glad to have a profession and get out of the house. I know many mothers loved it and all the women’s meetings they had etc, but there were others who found it soul destroying. I do think kids had a great time but depending on the families, so they do now, just different.

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