When I was growing up we would have parties for any old reason at a friend's place. The parties involved lots of fun games, music, dancing and singing. Also, mostly, just sitting aroung gas-bagging (talking) for hours on end.
When I was a bit older, not yet 18, we would go to the Laverton RAAF Base to the movies, you would pay 5 dollars and see one new movie and one old. Afterwards we would probably go to McDonald's or to someone's house. We would listen to music again, there would be a group of about 10 to 20 of us I guess.
Then when I went to University, I moved out of home, moved in with my then-to-be-hubby and a mate. We would have friends around, watch videos..then DVD's when they came out. We would have some parties, mainly play billiards and play music like Def Leopard, Queen, Cold Chisel, Eurythmics.... old time rock'n'roll....good stuff!!
NEVER, in any of these times, did we see the violence that is in the news of late. A young man age 16 died in hospital after some thugs gate crashed a party and King hit the boy. He did not wake up after falling asleep in his bed at home... what in the hell is going on???
People driving cars, young adults driving cars.... too many passengers, too much to drink or smoke or whatever... plain disregard...please tell me there are still good kids out there who have fun as a group and do not cause trouble... I worry for my kids! it is not too long until Tom will be a teen..what then? I hope I am doing everything right here.