How hard do our kids have it?

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... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way I was going to do that to 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. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in Utopia! And I hate to say it, you kids today, you don't know how good you've got 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 all my friends also had permission to kick our butt ! Nowhere was safe!

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Or 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! 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. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled.

6) We didn't have fancy stuff 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". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... Not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, the collection agent... 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 screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! 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!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! There was no channel surfing! You had to get up and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!

11) 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!

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!

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! Kids today have got it too easy. Their spoiled rotten! Today's Kids wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970!

"Happy Valentines Day" 


Granny said...

Love this post. Thanks for the reminders of the good old days.

Michelle said...

LOL, so true! I remember when my oldest was young and I suggested we make popcorn, his response? "We can't, we don't have a microwave!"

Victoria said...

Oh my gosh, that was hilarious!!! You're so right about the arm across the chest if the brakes got hit too hard! I remember going on a 2 week road trip, my brother and I had half our bodies hanging out the back windows as my dad whizzed along. And my mom was chimney smoking in the front seat. Many a time she'd flick her ciggie out the front window only to have it come flying thru the back window hitting one of us in the face. Great memories!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

This was hilarious. And so true. #9 cracked me up because i remember it so well. Let me add one to the list. We had a party line for our phone. If you picked up the phone to use it the neighbor might be on there chatting away and you had to wait. Or eavesdrop!

Janice said...

Oh yes, I love your #6. In fact, our family didn't have a "private line", we had a "party line" which meant... if you picked up the phone to make a call, and you heard someone else talking, then you needed to politely hang up your phone until their conversation was done.
I remember listening to AM radio for hours just hoping to catch my new favorite song.

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Something Nice and Pretty said...

Or the 50's either! Loved this post!