The kids today have it way too easy.
They’re spoiled, lazy, and soft.
And I’m officially old when I write(?) how kids these days are spoiled, lazy, and soft.
As I watch students walk (or run) down the hallway, I’ve noticed their school supplies are much nicer than what I had in the early 80’s.
They are also more expensive.
Book bags with wheels.
State of the art lunchboxes.
I can live with the binders, pencils, etc., but I have to draw the line when it comes to the new–fangled book bags/luggage and lunchboxes/coolers.
When I was a kid (I’m actually becoming older and older as I type this…), we didn’t have $60 book bags.
With or without wheels.
Kids driving their books down the hallway drives me crazy. My luggage should be as nice as their book bags.
We carried our books underneath our arms like God intended (that’s if we took books home… and we didn’t).
How are today’s kids ever going to feel the embarrassment of dropping 7 textbooks, 4 folders, and 114 papers in the middle of a busy street if they have a book bag?
This is a rite of passage that all children should be forced to enjoy.
We are cheating our kids out of one of life’s most precious moments.
You haven’t lived until the wind is howling at 40 miles an hour and you’re chasing your math homework across a busy intersection (and all the other kids are looking and pointing at you… not that this ever happened to me…).
If that wasn’t bad enough, we are also creating a generation of children who don’t understand how to keep their lunches cold.
It’s not that complicated.
You freeze a can of soda.
We did this.
We did this because we had to.
And we liked it.
Put the can in the freezer the night before, wrap it in tinfoil, and bingo… instantly cold lunch (and sadly, sometimes soggy).
There weren’t any lined lunch containers when we were kids.
We didn’t need them (actually we might have needed them, but we couldn’t afford them).
We had two choices. A brown paper sack or metal box covered with pop-culture (and rust).
Poor kids used a brown sack (me). Even poorer kids were forced to recycle the brown sack each day to be used for an entire week (my wife… who is still working through this issue).
The rich kids had a Scooby-Doo, Evil Kneivel, or Happy Days lunch box.
The really rich kids had a KISS or Star Wars lunch box (with matching Thermos I might add… ).
Today’s kids have lunchboxes with zippers, levels, containers, and water bottles that look like works of art (Exhibit A: The Evil Spawn’s lunchbox in the picture).
I still have a brown paper sack (and the sad part is I have a job).
I think today’s kids are soft.
Kids think I’m old.
We are probably both right.
One of the great mysteries of my life… How does a Thermos work? Hot stuff hot. Cold stuff cold. It’s magic.