For one thing, I rode the bus to school every day from first grade through twelfth grade with very few exceptions. My kids didn't have to because I was a teacher and they rode with me so they never had to experience the hot, crowded, bumpy, long ride that I suffered. If school started at 8:00, I was picked up at 6:45. If school got out at 3:00, I didn't get home until almost 4:30. There was no air conditioning and there were no safety belts. Kids of all grades mixed together and bullying wasn't unheard of. Thank goodness I usually had good bus drivers who kept an eye on us, and if we felt threatened we could sit close to the front near the driver.
We did get new things for Christmas, but we chose to ask for toys rather than clothing. Imagine a kid asking for toys over clothes!
When I was in the fifth or sixth grade, patterned hosiery was popular. I wanted some so badly. Finally my parents bought me a pair but they were thigh-high and I didn't realize they needed garters to hold them up. I didn't have garters, so when I wore those stockings to school I couldn't keep them up. I remember pulling on those things the whole day long. I doubt if I ever worn them again.
I wonder if that was my mother's intention all along? Hm . . .
The playground equipment consisted of huge metal swingsets with large chains holding canvas u-shaped seats. You could swing really high in those swings but you certainly did not want to walk in front of anyone on the downswing. You'd get clobbered. We also had metal monkey bars, steel merry-go-round, steel johnny-strikes, metal horizontal ladder, and tall sheet metal slide. All this was situated on hard dirt. No mulch or recycled rubber for us.
These are johnny strikes. What kid hater invented these? I was scared to death of them!
Johnny did get struck many times!
You can also see the tall slide and huge swings in the photo.
Sometimes I wish kids of today had to suffer a little more discomfort. But wait, not my grandkids. . .
Hope you're staying safe, well, and sane. . .