I swore I would never do it but it has happened: I am using my parent’s quotes on my own children. From “don’t make me pull this car over” to “money doesn’t grow on trees”, I am forever spouting off some phrase that would irritate me to no end as a child. But I will agree with you when you say kids have it too easy these days. I had shoes for the walk to school, uphill, both ways in the snow but I still complained as do my children.
My children are afforded shoes with Velcro tabs while I had to actually learn how to tie a bow. They will complain about waiting at the bus stop in the snow even though they have Uggs. You know what I had? Rubber galoshes and I had to put plastic bags over my feet to keep them dry before I put them on. Not only that, I had to carry my real shoes to school to change into. If I wanted music on my journey to school, I had to sing. I try to tell them about The Walkman and all they can envision is an Ipod Touch. Can I download music to it? Yes, but I have to get a blank cassette tape and wait for my favorite song to come on the radio and dive accross the room to hit record and then play on my boom box. That always gets a blank stare. And they ask me when I got my first cell phone. Ummm…when I was an adult. How did you ever get in touch with your mom and dad without an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android they would ask? I carried a dime and used a pay phone…more blank stares. Kids these days.
I am now introducing “The Little House on the Prairie” series to my children. That was the show that made me realize, as a child, how much I had to be thankful for: electricity, running water and a working toilet. Of course, my children are watching the series on a monsterous LED HD TV while sitting on a leather couch. I think some of the concepts may be lost in translation.