Last week, I was explaining to oldest how different things are now to when I was a kid. We were in a shopping centre in the town I grew up in, looking for my wife and other two kids who had been to a couple of other shops.
“Aren’t you going to phone them then?” he asked me. Ordinarily, I would have done, but being in a place I’d known since his age must have changed my mindset a little. “We didn’t do that when this place was first built,” I said. “We didn’t have phones.”
Yes, I immediately felt old, but I persevered. I told him about all the technological and cultural changes there had been since the 1980s.
I loved his expression as I told him that things like the Internet and health and safety didn’t exist, that the pop charts mattered and that we only had four TV channels.
Clearly, he found it difficult to imagine. “What was the same then?” he asked. Good question! I mentioned riding bikes, kicking a ball around, roller discos and reading, but struggled to think of anything else off the top of my head.
A few days later, an email arrived in my inbox and reminded me of another one. Swizzels! Yes, the iconic sweets are just as I remember them.
Every week, my sister and I would go to the newsagent just around the corner from where I was speaking to oldest and spend our pocket money on them.
I would wolf down my sweets in a matter of minutes and spend the next few days trying to persuade her to share hers. Which she always did. Sorry, sis!
Double Dips, Refreshers, Drumsticks and Love Hearts were among our favourites, but we were familiar with the whole range.
If you’re on the lookout for a Mother’s Day gift for a mum of my age, Swizzels have some great gift ideas to choose from. These include Personalised Love Hearts.
Also available are a range of Mother’s Day Hampers packed with much-loved favourites from back in the day.
Maybe I should order one of them for my sister to make up for all the sweets I cadged back in the 1980s!
Of course, another thing that we had both then and now are giveaways, so let’s have one now, shall we?
I have two Retro Sweet Wicker Hampers to give away. To be in with a chance of winning one, enter via Rafflecopter below.
You can use as many of the entry methods as you like and two winners will be drawn at random. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: this is a paid collaboration with Swizzels.