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posted 11/27/2011 6:04:32 PM |
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My grandmother (my Dad's mother) once told me that she and her brothers and sisters worked hard all day, and at the end of the day, they were too tired to complain. She told us of how they walked to school, there was no bus ride, they walked the 3 miles to school, and when they got home, they did their school work, and helped around the house. Summer vacation, after helping with chores and other work around the house, they would meet up with friends and hang out.

Funny, when my Grandma was a little girl, they had one telephone, no car, (she was in her teens when her father bought the first family car), and television, her parents never had one. It wasn't until she married Grandpa and they bought their first television together. She used to tell us about how her family grew their own meat and vegetables. Her father hardly ever bought anything at a store.

And then, I think about my own childhood. As a kid growing up, my parents had only one television in the house. They always seemed to have an RCA console combination tv/stereo/radio set. Remote? Hah...nope. We had to get up and walk over to the set and physically change channels. Adjusting the ole rabbit ears to get a clear picture...yeah, I remember all of that. I remember playing meant grabbing our toys, going outside, and make believe the toys could talk. Or, getting together with the other neighborhood kids and just a good old fashioned game of kick ball or dodge ball, or tag, or the old cops and robbers/cowboys and Indians. There was no cable, no Nintendo/PlayStation/Xbox...they weren't even invented yet. Hell, the Atari wasn't invented yet. And those days where the weather was bad, and Mom wouldn't let us play outside, we had our toys to keep us occupied.

I look around today, and, we are spoiled ass rotten with all of the nifty gizmo's out there today. Cell phones, video games, vcr/dvd/blueray players, computers, ipod's, MP3 players, and the variety of cable/satellite providers. Ya know, it's no wonder we've become a nation with an expanding backside. With all of this entertainment at our fingertips, we don't get out and run around all day like we used to. And don't get me wrong, I love the idea of being able to socialize via the Internet, but, on the flip side, it's also created a divide, people aren't as "friendly" out here in the real world anymore. And I watch some of the commercials on tv, or listen to them on the radio, and, they give the impression life will "end" if one doesn't have the latest cell phone, or OnStar is a "must have" or your life could be in peril.

Yeah, we've become so spoiled................while I enjoy a lot of what today's technology offers, it just seems that it's also robbing us of being "human" with one another.

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Nov 27 @ 6:11PM  
I totally agree with you, Sugar! My grand-daughter, who is only 9, is getting a cell phone! I think it's totally ridiculous! In my opinion, they shouldn't get one until they have a job and can pay for it themselves. But I'm a mean grandma!

Nov 27 @ 7:25PM  
When I was growing up, we did not have phone lines until well after I started school. I was up at 5 am to help feed the animals until I was 18 and moved to NYC. After school there were more chores and then dinner, homework and bed. I have never owned a car and went years at a time without a phone or tv. It just did not seem important to me. I think kids of this generation are spoiled and have an unreasonable sense of entitlement. Sure modern gadgets are nice, but one should never become so attached to material items that their world crumbles without them.

Nov 27 @ 10:53PM  
Hell..We never had an indoor toilet until I was almost 15..

Nov 28 @ 12:49AM  
I don't think we're any more spoiled than the previous generation. Every era comes with it's own set of problems and perks, and we definitely have our share of problems.

Nov 28 @ 12:52AM  
I do remember shitting on pissed off hissing opossums that fell in outhouse hell.
Hell..We never had an indoor toilet until I was almost 15..
I know the feeling brother.

Nov 28 @ 7:57AM  
I had to sleep with my sisters until I was 10.

So now we know how Cockfail got his sick mind

Nov 28 @ 2:12PM  
I am grateful for the way I was raised. Although we never had any money.........I was raised on a horse farm, and we raised all of our food except for the basics like flour and sugar. My mother taught me how to do with what you had, and how to live without what we don't have. It never bothered me if I didn't have money, because I already knew how to live poor.

But I am spoiled now...........I do love my cable tv........I do love my internet...........I love the fact that my granddaughter has more toys than any 10 kids need............Could we live without all of this.........sure we could...........but why should we since its available LOL

Great blog Sugar.

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