When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears 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... BOTH ways ... in the snow... Yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to lay a bunch of junk like that on 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 thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, they live in a Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!
- 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 catalogue. Do you even know what the Dewey Decimal system is?
- There was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter with a pen and paper. Then we 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!
- Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to spank me! Nowhere was safe!
- There were no MP3's or Napsters! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself. And if you wanted to buy just one song, too bad. No ITunes. We had to buy whole albums just for one song.
- Or we 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! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished. Sometimes the tape would come undone.
- We didn't have Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal. No kidding. And we didn't have Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was. It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know. You had to pick it up and take your chances.
- 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. Instead of texting, we passed notes.
- We didn't have Sony Playstation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had the Atari 2600 with games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Our guy was a little square. We actually had to use our imaginations! And there were no multiple levels or screens, 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!
- You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on. Channel surfing? Forget it. Every time we wanted to change the channel we had to get out of our seats. Really. There were NO remotes.
- There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!
Regards,Okay, that's good for a laugh but then I got to thinking about all the ways I had it BETTER than kids do today.
The Over 30 Crowd
- Cell phones mean that parents can keep dibs on their kids all the time. And talk about a carrot and stick approach to parenting (if you don't shape up I'll take away your phone!). My folks had to be a lot more creative!
- Sexual predators had to do a lot more than contact me on a social networking site.
- My parents never had to worry that I'd see full-frontal nudity or hear cuss words on regular TV programming.
- The United States had never been attacked on our homeland in my teen lifetime.
What's your vote? Who has/had it easier--them (under 30) or us (over 30s)? Specific examples encouraged!