Things Our Kids Miss Out On
23 October 2009 57 Comments
It seems to me that Lauren from “Think Spin” and I light fires under each other. Inspire each other. She posted about a phone call she made and it had me thinking about things my son will probably never get to experience or have to do…
- The ability to make a phony phone call. With the invention of caller ID, call blocking and *69, the art of making a healthy “Is your refrigerator running?” prank call has been lost. So sad.
- Budgeting. With the invention of the ATM card, they never know what it feels like to hit Sunday morning and realize they have only $2 until the banks open on Monday morning. On the same note, they’ll probably have no clue what “writing a check” means when they get to be adults. I think I write maybe 5 a year?
- Licking postage stamps. Email, Evites, faxing, scanning. It’s no wonder the postal service is in dire straights. I haven’t licked a stamp in years. Even when I buy some now, they are self sticking.
- Finding spare change. Go find a pay phone. There are none anymore. My son will never experience the joy of going from payphone to payphone to see if anyone forgot to take their coins. (Coins? What are coins?)
- Using white out. Does this need explaining? Typewriters are obsolete. “Backspace” is the new white out.
- Facing the wrong way in the back of a station wagon. First….do they even know what a station wagon is? And with with creation of safety belt laws, they’ll never know what it’s like to wave 200 times to the person driving right behind them.
- Holding a thought. Have a thought? Text it, tweet it. Gone.
- Remembering a phone number. With “contacts” programmed into my phone, I don’t even know my husband’s cell phone by heart. No lie. All I remember is that his area code is one of those odd new ones.
- Hanging out at the record store for hours in a mall. And even if there are still CD’s around my child has never once used it for listening to music. Maybe ITunes should think about opening Kiosks in malls?
- Playing pinball. Xbox, Playstation, Wii, games on their phones. And for that matter……IPhone has a “Spin the Coke Bottle” application. Seriously, they do. C’mon…..is nothing sacred?