One of my Christmas presents was an annual of the ‘Girl’ magazine (remember that?) from the years 1951-64. Far away from everywhere on our remote little island of Tristan, some kind soul used to send these to us, along with the companion papers Eagle, Swift and Robin. I much preferred Eagle …
My goodness, haven’t times changed. I look at the fashion advice for young teenagers and they all look like their mothers. And all the advice on being a better person and doing good … you wouldn’t get very far with that nowadays.
Then there’s the problem column ‘What’s your Worry?’ – here’s a sample:
Q. Do you think it is right that we should be made to eat things we don’t like? I hate beans, but although my parents know this they always make me eat them.
(Remember our parents not letting us get down from the table unless our plates were clean … ??)
A. As a growing girl you need a good, varied, nourishing diet, but there is nothing in beans that you cannot get from other green vegetables. We think that, although too much faddiness about food is a bad thing, everyone has the right to dislike one or two items of their diet and find a substitute.
It was all so innocent … and life was simple. Provided, that is, that you weren’t faddy.
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