Ah, the sixties, our hippie time! We have good memories of them and often share them with our adolescents. They, in turn, are surprised that a lot happened that they can’t imagine at all.
#1 Although you were fourteen or fifteen: you could order alcohol at the bar.
#2 After school you went to the pub, that was normal.
#3 Smoking in the schoolyard, no problem either. We are getting cigarettes: no problem at all.
#5 That beer was served at school parties. And that you could smoke at a school party.
#7 Teachers were standing in front of the classroom with a pipe or cigar in their heads when you entered the teachers’ room, blue with smoke.
#9 Going on vacation for three weeks and making one phone call from a payphone.
#10 Your life-line with friends was the soccer club.
#11 Gossiping was bypassing notes in the classroom
#12 Whoever went with whom stood on the toilet door.
#13 You didn’t dare leave the door because it could be that that boy could call you who gave you your phone number.
#14 Passing on your absence went with an (effortless to forge) note from your parents.
#15 Your report came on a card which your parents had to sign. That signature was also easy to forget.
#16 When you went shopping you paid by cheque, even if there was no money left in your account.
#17 Per school year, there may only be ten photos of yourself.
#18 Binge-watching was watching two episodes of North & South in a row. That’s all it took to fit one videotape.
#19 A tattoo was something for pirates, and a piercing was fierce if you pierced a second hole in your ear.
#20 You communicated with your parents through notes on the kitchen table. But just like our adolescents, you’d rather not.