The other day my husband and I started listing all the things we experienced that our kids won't. Even though there are so many different lists like this out there I wanted to create one for the girls with some of my personal memories of these things. So here's our lists.
The Land Line And Sneaking Around To Turn Off All The Ringers
I didn't have a cell phone until I went to college and our friends and boyfriends always had to call the house. Of course we were not allowed phone calls after a certain time so I would go around before bed and turn off all the ringers upstairs so my then boyfriend at the time could call me later at night. Then of course I had to sneak back around the house to turn them all back on so I wouldn't be caught the next day. My kids won't ever know what land line even means considering we haven't had one in 10 years. Of course they won't be sneaking little pains like their mother.
Riding In The Bed Of A Pickup Truck Or Laying Down In The Back Of A Car On Long Roads
One of my childhood memories was my sisters and I sprawling out in the back of our family station wagon on the long car rides from Kansas City to Buffalo. I also remember piling in the back of my uncle's pick up truck after softball practice at the end of the night. We use to all pile into the back of pickup trucks to get more to the bars with one DD too in college even though it may have started to be illegal then. We'd probably go to jail now if our kids rode in the back of the truck so this experience is probably out for them.
Browsing The Movie Store On Saturday Nights
This is a great childhood memory of mine. On Saturday nights the five of us would head to the Cedar Chest, the town movie rental store, to browse the movies and rent some for family movie night. One of my early dating memories with Nate is also browsing the Blockbuster store for movie night. The girls we just know browsing Netflix, Vudo, and maybe they'd venture out of their house every now and then to rent a movie at the redbox.
VHS, CassesetteTapes, Walkmans
They will never the bulkiness of old technology. The first non landline phones, car phones, were huge. Then there was VHS and tapes compared to the little tiny DVD player and DVD discs my girls have now. As well as walkmans verse Ipods. Imagine trying to hide that you were listening to that in class?
Having A Collection Of Encyclopedia
Encyclopedias? They'll have no clue. The ancient version of Google. Okay, I don't really miss these.
Passing Notes In Class
Somewhere I have a box of notes saved from my middle school and high school years of passing notes with some of my closest friends. I also got in trouble a few times for not only getting these notes confiscated but for what I wrote in them. I guess they don't have to worry about getting in trouble for that but now there's social media to worry about!
I'm sure there are so many other things that we experienced that they won't. Feel free to add to it. I'd love to share it with the girls someday.
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