When I was a kid, adults used to bore me with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning….Uphill…Barefoot…BOTH ways…etc., etc., etc. You probably remember those stories, too.
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I’d be like that with my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!
But now that I’m over the ripe old age of forty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today…and how actually they really, really do have it easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, kids live in a Utopia one could argue! And I hate to say it, but our kids today just don’t know how easy they have it =)
1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!
2) There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!
3) Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents “beat us”. As a matter of fact, the parents of my husband’s friends also had permission to give him a nice smack! Nowhere was safe!
4) There were no MP3’s or iTunes! If a kid wanted to steal music, all they had to do was hitchhike to the record store and shoplift! Or, like me, you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and mess it all up!
5) There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone, rendering it useless.
6) We didn’t have fancy things like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!
7) There weren’t any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. Think of the horror…
8) And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was. It could be your school, your parents, or your boss…you just didn’t know! You had to pick it up and take your chances.
9) We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had the Atari 2600! With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’. Your guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels; it was just one screen, forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on. And when it came to channel surfing you had to get off the couch and walk over to the TV to change the channel! NO REMOTES!
11) There was no Cartoon Network, either. You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!
12) And we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that…
13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside… you were doing chores!
14) And car seats – oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first place!
See! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! Our kids today have got it so easy when it comes to worldly conveniences. I’d love to see a reality show that put kids back in 1975 so we could watch to see if they’d survive!
Happy Friday to The Over 40 Crowd
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