I Was a Kid
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 under the scorching hot sun barefoot, carrying
their younger siblings on their backs to their one-room patshala
where they maintained a straight-A average despite their full-time
after-school job at the tea stall where they worked for Tk.
5 an hour just to help keep their family from starving to death!
remember promising myself that when I grew up I would never
bother kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got
I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today.
You've got it so easy! Compared to my childhood, you live in
a Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids don't know how
good you've got it!
we were kids we didn't have The Internet if we wanted to know
something, we had to either go to the library and look it up
ourselves or (even worse) we had to ask our parents!
there was no email! We had to actually write somebody a letter
-- with a pen -- and then, we would have to wait for weeks before
we got a response. By then world war III could have taken place
on the other side of the world and we still would not have known.
were no MP3s or on-line downloads! If wanted to steal music,
you had to go to the tape store and shoplift it yourself!
want to talk about hardship?
didn't have fancy cell phones. If you were supposed to meet
someone somewhere at a certain time, you had better have been
there on time. Changing plans last minute was NOT an option.
And if you missed curfew, your parents could not call you and
ask where you were. Instead they would worry, which meant that
once they knew that you were safe, they would beat you within
an inch of your life.
we didn't have Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had
no idea who it was it could be your boss, your mom, a stalker,
that special someone, you didn't know!!! You just had to pick
it up and take your chances, buddy!
did not have many options in terms of a social life. It was
either drive around in someone's car, or hang around in someone's
house. Romances budded and thrived on rooftops and phone conversations,
which were usually interrupted by parents because there was
no such thing as privacy and only one phone line per household.
we didn't have any fancy Sony Play stations, video games with
high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had to be content with PacMan
on your parents' Apple 2. The lucky ones had cooler games like
a movie meant taking permission from your parentsso that they
could make sure it was suitable for your viewing. There were
no DVD's and Video Connection was our only access to the outside
then there was no such thing as Star TV. We only had BTV, which
at that time only came on after six. And shows like Dallas and
Dynasty came on once every week and our parents would watch
the show with us and ask us to leave during the R-rated bits.
there was no Cartoon Network! You could only get cartoons on
Saturday morning... We had to wait ALL WEEK, you spoiled little
exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too
easy You're spoiled. You wouldn't have lasted five minutes back
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