Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kids these Days

Every generation it seems like the kids are so different. These generations of kids are texting in some strange language and couldn’t spell “it” if they didn’t have a spell check program to assist them.


Still, they can learn and do things on computers without a blink of the eye. I think the only reason I had kids now was to have somebody to wire up the DVD player and figure out the ‘universal remote control’ that can change satellite orbits and cook popcorn if you want them to.

But they’re not so unique either. Every generation has similar qualities. The ability to ridicule and humiliate their fellow students never goes out of style. Give your kid the wrong name and the other kids will exploit it in every possible way.

My kids are forever coming up and announcing they’re ‘bored’. They do it in a way that they think I’m some kind of entertainment director like Julie from the Love Boat and that I’ll just whip out a “That was Easy” button, push it and everything will be fun and interesting again! Right!

Boredom? Sure! Ever since the days of child labor laws and the decline of farming it has been every kid’s right to be bored all the time. It doesn’t matter what they have; they’ll still be bored.

Oh sure, there are goody-goody kids that run for student president, weave loose cat hair into hats for the homeless, and do their homework. They are an extreme exception. Sure, there are kids that play 800 hours of the I-want-to-kill-something role playing game on the computer but these kids have always existed. Before that they played chess, or built ham radios from kits. I have a hard enough time building a ham sandwich much less a radio.

In my day we had to go play in the neighborhood. We’d be out there wandering the streets until either dinner time or dark. These days, that doesn’t happen at all. It’s like kids are like an indoor pet. Throw them out the front door and they freeze in their tracks and don’t know what to do! Outside? They’ll give you a wimpering look as if they’ve just been sent to prison camp.

Oh; and music. They, like every generation before them, think that their music is original. Sorry…the Beatles did all the possible experimentation in the 60s. Sorry... Stairway to Heaven has already been written and recorded. There are no more grand epics to be made. Oh, and those ones that you thought were original? No, they’re redone. Don’t feel bad…I thought Santana did Black Magic Woman when it turns out it was just a cover!

We had stupid fashion, they have stupid fashion and everyone has had stupid fashion. Some things never do change…

26 comments:

The Incredible Woody said...

My niece and nephew think I'm nuts - I actually spell things and punctuate when I text. I can't bring myself not to do it!

QuirkyLoon said...

And having kids as an indoor pet, you are saying.....that this is a bad thing?

Who's gonna bring me my Diet Dr. Pepper when I'm on the computer?

Sarah said...

hahaha great post! I had a funny convo with my younger cousin (on the cusp of sweet 16) recently about texting, etc. She was talking about texting friends and I said why don't you invite them over? She said invite them over?! I would never do that. I said you know when I was a teen I didn't have a computer or a cell phone, hell we were lucky to get a cordless phone, and if I wanted to talk to a friend I had to walk half a mile, knock on their door and hope they were there so I could talk to them! She was horrified.

Mrs. R said...

Yeah...so I'm a high school youth minister with about 300 teens to deal with...I so don't feel sorry for you. :)

Roy Scribner said...

I just look at them and sigh...

Giggle Pixie said...

Seriously, you hit the nail on the head!! If I tried to get my son to "go out and play" he'd look at me like I was speaking French. "Outside? What the hell am I supposed to do outside?" Now kids are "getting their text on" starting at age 10, so if they aren't on the cell phone or playing the Wii, or we aren't taxiing them to friends' homes or the mall, they think they're bored.

Oy. Kids. Can't live with 'em and can't shoot 'em.

lime said...

what scares me more is that my 16 year old thinks 80s fashion is fabulous and wishes it would come back.

for crying out loud, i was a teen in the 80s and i didn't even think it was good then!

Memarie Lane said...

i refuse to use text-ese. a couple months ago i sent my dad a text that said "happy anniversary dad!" and he wrote back something like "giy g345 3vgf g555jjjh juh5!" no way in heck was i even going to try to figure that out. and he's OLD!

VE said...

incredible woody - Yeah, me too. I just feel stupid when I don't.

quirkyloon - I think they can actually program the remote control to bring you that Dr. Pepper, you know...

sarah - That's so funny too. I know, I keep trying to convince my daughter that she can actually invite friends over or vice-versa. It never occurred to her! Doh...

mrs. r - Ha ha. Boy, I feel sorry for you...wait a minute...and you did this by choice, right? Nobody has chains around you making you do that, correct? Ok then, I don't feel that sorry for you...

roy - And they look at us and say 'whatever...'

giggle pixie - Maybe Obama needs to reinstate child labor! That would teach them...

lime - That IS scary. Once was enough. Today...hair cannot obtain that much mass or you could get fined. And parachute pants coming back? NO WAY!!!!

marie - Ha! Nothing worse than somebody not of today's generation converting over to the dark side. He's obviously sold his sole! ha ha

Matt-Man said...

My kid will tell me, "You guys don't understand me."

To which I, and/or his mother will reply, "I understand you. You have homework due; now shut up and do it. Capiche?" Cheers!!

Megan said...

I have been permanently damaged by that fashion montage. You will be hearing from my attorney.

Sornie said...

I'm not even 30 years old and I refuse to embrace text messaging. Sure, I understand most every bit of txt spk but i refuse 2 do it

Kurt said...

Is that kid actually saying "OMG"?

leelee said...

Kids!
I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
Kids!
Who can understand anything they say?
Kids!
They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
While we're on the subject:
Kids!
You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
Kids!
But they still just do what they want to do!
Why can't they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?


hugs!

VE said...

matt-man - Ha ha. Yes, but mine will want to debate the merits and effectiveness of the principal of doing homework at all! I tell 'em don't ask for logic in everything; you're just going to have to do it no matter how little sense it personally makes. That'll help them prepare for the working world...God help them...

megan - Not if I plug my ears and go "nah nah nah nah" I won't hear from him...

sornie - Good for you...but you're an exception. People will be speaking like that next...you watch!

kurt - Yes. It has begun. Soon people will only be speaking in text speak and acronyms. This will take over all language in the end...

leelee - Exactly! I think my Dad said that too...

ReformingGeek said...

Your childhood sounds my husband's and a bit like mine. We played kickball in the street and rode our bikes everywhere.

We don't have kids so I have to learn all that stuff on my own. I think I'm a bit behind. ;-)

Quickroute said...

I feel so sorry for the kids of today - we had no money - no xbox - no mobiles

Wait a minute ...I feel so sorry for the kids of yesterday

Serena said...

I guess that no matter how enlightened we are, no matter how cool, there's always going to be a younger generation that considers us geezers.:)

VE said...

reforminggeek - Sign up for kid training immediately!!!

quickroute - I feel sorry for us too. Ok, not that much.

serena - Geezer! ;) Wait...I think my kid is calling me that from the kitchen...

Alex L said...

Now I'm trying to figure out what the 2000's lame fashion would be. Metrosexual stuff...

Dee said...

80's? guilty!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

My son gets in the car every afternoon after preschool and asks if we are going home so he can play Super Mario Galaxy. Yes, I said preschool. The kid is 4 and he rocks Super Mario Galaxy. In fact, that's him in that photo of the kid freaked out about being outside....there's no Wii outside, so why bother?

VE said...

alex - It's gotta be that whole metrosexual thing. This decade feels so un-unique compared to the last five or six.

dee - Ha ha. Big hair and leg warmers eh?

arizona - Ha ha. Yes, no Wii outside so no he outside

MJ said...

LOVE this post. Ugh, and when fashions return... well that's just scary... (I saw some 80's permed hair the other day, and I nearly fainted...)

Anette said...

Have you noticed that we want to say about our kids just what our parents said about us? We didn't see that coming did we!

VE said...

mj - Hey...they never learn from our mistakes, do they?

anette - Yeah, when does that passing of the batan happen exactly?