Back In The Day
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
through year 'round blizzards carrying their younger siblings on their
backs to their one-room schoolhouse where they maintained a straight-A
average despite their full-time after-school job at the local textile
mill where they worked for 35 cents an hour just to help keep their
family from starving to death!
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up there was no way I
was going to lay a lot of stuff like that on my kids about how hard I
had it and how easy they've got it!
Now that I've reached the ripe old age of parenthood, 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
virtual Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't
how good you've got it! I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have
Internet. When we wanted to know something, we had to go to the
library and look it up ourselves!
And there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a
with a pen! --and 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!
And there were no MP3's or Napsters! If you wanted to steal
had to go to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or we had
wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ'd usually
over the beginning and fouled it all up!
Those were your options!
We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the
and somebody else called they got a busy signal! And we didn't
fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the the phone rang, you had no
who it was. It could be your boss, your mom, your nosy neighbor,
didn't know!!! You just had to pick it up and take your chances,
And we didn't have any fancy Sony Playstation video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With
"Space Invaders" and "Asteroids" and the graphics weren't very
Your guy was a little square! You had to use your
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
faster until you died! Just like LIFE!
When you went to the movie theater there was no such thing as stadium
seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy
sat in front
of you, too bad!
And sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 20
channels and there was no on-screen menu! You had to use a little
called a TV Guide to find out what was on! And there was no
Network! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning.
what I'm saying?!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little
That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it
easy. You're spoiled! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes
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