“When I was a kid…”

When I was a kid, I didn’t have a laptop, iPod, Blackberry, PS3, Wifi or iPads. I played outside with friends, bruised my knees, made up stories and played hide and seek. I ate what my mom made. I would think twice before I said “no” to my parents. Life wasn’t hard, it was good & I survived. Kids these days are spoiled. Re-post this if you appreciate the way you were raised. I think we were happier kids.

I think about this every time I see a kid playing with a dumb little game boy or fiddling with a cell phone. It’s very disappointing to me, how kids today act — even those who are not much younger than me (I’ll be 20 in a week).

I recently went to see the original Emancipation Proclamation at a local museum when it came through town, and every single kid in line was permanently attached to some kind of technology. And then they all walked right past the document as if it wasn’t even important! When I went to stuff like that as a kid, I was always shitting my pants (not literally) from excitement and spent the wait talking to my sister or listening to my dad as he taught us the significance of what we were about to see.

Of course, not all kids today are bad. I’m thoroughly impressed by some of the ones that I see when I’m volunteering at the library — most of them seem genuinely excited about books, and get very excited when they find out that we give out free museum passes. Two little brothers yesterday were arguing over which one of them would get to read the books first.

If I ever have kids, they will be raised the way I was raised.