It’s my husband’s birthday today. He FINALLY turns 40 and meets me in our new decade! I have been collecting pictures of his past years from friends and family and found it increasingly harder to get pictures of when he was at school Of course! No digital cameras back then….no mobile phones! Everything was taken on film and developed or, in my Mum’s case, Polariod!…usually with one or more peoples’ heads being cut out the picture! I started to have a think and compare the world that my husband and I grew up in to the world our sons will be growing up in.
Oh what a different world we live in now. Sometimes I wonder is it better with all the mod cons or was growing up back then..better? One house phone with a chord (ok I remember that being super annoying! Especially when I was waiting on a call and my Dad ignored the call waiting beep!)
No microwave – no convenience food! (Ok so my meals were healthier and we didn’t eat out very often but I remember mum cooking for a long time and the washing up after was always a killer! )YES! No dishwasher either!
Cars (if you had one) were smaller!And even though the cars have gotten bigger the roads over here haven’t! I’m a quivering idiot when it comes to driving my car on a road where cars are parked either side! ARG! I think I actually do scream while driving up the road. My boys think I’m nuts! 🙂
Actually SPEAKING to people – instead of losing yourself in your phone! Making eye contact when we speak. Being courteous and respecting to our elders and having to write in complete sentences! I do love my social media, iPhone and texting but even I can’t make out some of the texts I see from kids 20 years younger than me!
I guess I am looking at my childhood and comparing it to the one my boys will experience and….I can’t do that. Things are so different since I was a child that there IS no comparison. I hope my boys can navigate the most fun and hardest time in their lives with grace and with no major drama! You hear such horror stories now of what kids have to go through. Did we have to go through that as children as well? Was it just not talked about since we had not social outlet? Are things so different now?
Who knows….I just know that my childhood was pretty good and I hope the same for my boys…no matter what decade they live in.