This just came in on email, and I laughed more than once when I read 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 lay a bunch of hooey 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, 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.
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. The good news is that stamps were only 10 cents.
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 discipline us! Nowhere was safe!
There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes -- iIf you wanted to copy music 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, Baby! Dig?
We didn't have fancy phone options like Call Waiting - if you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal and had to try again later.
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! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Didn’t have that either.
We also didn't have fancy Caller ID. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was -- it could be your school, your parents, your boss, or a salesman... you just didn't know. You had to pick it up and take your chances.
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.
And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove. Imagine that!
And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Without electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were drafted to do chores!
And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, 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! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before…
The Over 30 Crowd
NOTE: My personal favorite is the "safety arm"!