Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What are today's kids going to remember?

I remember how different things were when I was much younger. For one thing, we said the Pledge of Allegiance in school. School lunches were a quarter. You didn't act up in school.

Things were different then. Of course, being from the south, we said "sir" and "ma'am" without being reminded to. We had fireworks on Independence Day. We had...

Well, what brought this about, you might ask.

No really. Go ahead and ask. I'll wait.

...

Well, since you asked, I read a post that Carol Marks wrote over at Moxie Beautiful:
We learned how to tell time on a clock with a face. Some of us fixed popcorn on the stove, in a pan. We passed paper notes during class or in between classes. We used textbooks in school and the aroma of ditto machines lingered in the air. We took our film, from a camera, to the store to be developed.

Our generation received the news from news anchors on one of the three big major networks. We listened to the radio and called in to request our favorite tunes. We also listened to vinyl records on a turntable. We waited in long lines to get concert tickets.
She's a few years younger than I am, so some of the references she makes fit me and some don't (doggone kids). Of course, every generation does this. My grandparents (they've all passed on now) would talk about seeing an airplane for the first time, or seeing something called television. Paved roads. Riding in an A-Model car.

Our parents did the same thing. And now we're doing it. And, of course, our children and grandchildren will do it too.

I do wonder what today's youth will be going on about. "I remember when iPhones actually had a button on them. And when you had to drive a car itself. And cars only went around on the ground. And we only had 500 channels..."

But, it's not really those kind of things that make us different. I mentioned in the first paragraphs about love of God, family, country, and school. I don't see that so much today.

We were young American children, and we loved our God, our families, our country, and our schools. Maybe we didn't know better. I think that today, they just know worse.

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