By – Jeannine Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Apparently, I really touched a cord with my last blog post when I mentioned how when I was a kid I played outside from morning till the streetlights came on. Many folks emailed me about the things they did as kids that kids today just don’t do. Of course, we know this happens with each generation and each generation just knows they are right. The classic grandparent trope “When I was a kid I walked 15 miles to school…in the snow…uphill both ways” came to mind each time school was cancelled this year because of potential snow or sub-comfy bus stop temperature.
But seriously, what happened to heartier kids? You know, the ones who didn’t whine when mom smoked her cigs in a closed-up car. Heck, when my mom caught me and my teenaged girlfriends smoking she said “I’ll tell you the same thing my mother told me: When you can afford to buy your own, go ahead, but don’t be taking mine.” (Okay, even I knew that was CPS-worthy.)
Who among the over-40 crowd didn’t have at least one cross-country vacation spent fighting siblings for the back window of the family truckster? My kids can’t believe we would actually drive from Missouri to Florida. Why wouldn’t we just fly? Uh, maybe because I didn’t get on an airplane for the first time until I was an adult. (Gasp!)
There are so many luxuries our kids have today, I can’t imagine what they’ll use to claim their superiority over future generations. Somehow, “We only had 545 television channels to chose from” or “I had to wait till I was 13 to get my first iPhone” doesn’t really scream hardship.
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In addition to blogging about all things home and family-related, Jeannine Miller manages Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations Department, which includes the popular HandyMOM 101 and HandyGirl 101 workshop programs.