You know when you start using vernacular like “Back in the day…” or “When I was your age” with your kids, you’re getting old. It’s the equivalent of hearing your own parent’s versions of how when they were young, they “walked 2 miles to school, uphill in the snow…both ways”.
Today, I was sharing with my son how when I was his age, there were no such things as vcrs. There were no dvd players. No personal computers. No cell phones. Not every home had a telephone or television, for that matter.
He seemed to be taking it all in stride, until I mentioned the fact that the only day I could watch cartoons was on Saturday. He was positively shocked by that little revelation. Never mind the fact that we didn’t have all the technology. It was the cartoons that shook the foundations of his world.
Of course, I had Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street to wake up to every weekday morning. My son has never watched either. I recently introduced him and his little sister to Bert and Ernie via Youtube, as well as the Yip Yips – we spent an hour laughing until there were tears in our eyes. I don’t know what this says about me, honestly.
Television today just isn’t the same, which is one reason why we don’t watch it. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the old days, where cartoons only came on early Saturday mornings and were off by 10am – simpler times, because I’m really at heart a pretty simple person. Plus, I really dislike that glazed look my kids get when they spend too much time in front of the television (my uncle Jim used to call it the “boob tube”).
Good grief, I not only am looking more like my mother the older I get, I’m starting to sound just like her too. I walked two miles in the heat just to write this blog post tonight…
So what shows did you watch when you were a kid?