Last night, as my daughter ran out of the room to grab a blanket she yelled, “Mom, press pause, OK?”
“Um, I would … if we weren’t playing cards.”
Did she really ask me to press pause during a game of UNO?
Kids are so used to being able to can control anything with the push of a button –they can “stop,” and “pause,” and “delete,” and “restart” pretty much anything, including their toothbrushes. It makes playing a game like UNO in this day and age seem pretty archaic.
As a child, I recall hearing Baby Boomers talk about watching black and white television, listening to radio soap operas, or playing 78rpm records … and thinking how totally obsolete those activities are to my generation. As an adult, I realize there were so many things Gen Xers did as a children that my children would currently find beyond antiquated and obsolete or better yet, wouldn’t even understand the need for in the first place.
Here are just a few things my kids will never have to do (some of which I enjoyed very much):
- Ignore the B-side
- Mail a letter
- Use all their fingers to type
- Fill an ice tray
- Get up to turn the channel (while possibly walking across static causing shag carpets, no less).
- Survive with only 4 channels
- Blow on a video game cartridge. I still do this with scratched DVDs — it makes my kids laugh.
- Write notes in class
- Learn to spell
- Get information from reference books
- Be a part of a family decision in which you decide whether to buy a Beta or VHS player
- Write a check
- See #11 but sub in Atari and Coleco vision
- Take a Polaroid picture and shake it like one — even though you weren’t supposed to shake them.
- Adjust the tracking button
- Clap to get your lights on or off
- Pay a fee for not rewinding a VHS tape before returning it to the video store
- Dial a rotary phone – or know the frustration when you got the number wrong more than once.
- Borrow a quarter to make a phone call.
- Twist the cord on a phone as you nervously talked to a cute crush
- Answer the phone every time it rang because you never knew who could be calling
- Ask a human for directions
- Wait for their favorite song to come on the radio so they can record it
- Watch commercials
- Pull up the antenna on their cell phone
- Watch a show during the actual day and time it aired
- Manually roll down a window
- Trade stickers
- Skate to 70s and 80s music when it wasn’t considered retro
- Make a mix tape
- Read a map
- Use the Dewey Decimal System
- Have the school nurse give you a hot water bottle for cramps
- Use reinforcers for your loose-leaf paper (or for fake nails)
- Make sure the 4 Food Groups are represented
- Reach across a car to unlock a door
- Write in cursive
- Carry a date or address book — and get the refills for it each calendar year
- Put film in a camera (oh, and accidentally have the camera pop open only to render the whole roll blank).
- Go to a Drive-in movie (and fight over who got to lie across the back ledge of the car).
What did you do that your kids will never need to do or understand?
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XO- Jenny From the Blog (Formerly, Jenny from the 8-Track)