I swear over this weekend my kids grew. You know sometimes you look at them and you swear they grew like two inches and look less and less like little kids? That was this weekend for me.
I started thinking about what things would be like when they were older. How weird will it be when they are all in school? How much trouble are they going to give me when they are teenagers? What will the world be like when they are older? All questions I am sure we as mothers ask ourselves from time to time.
Then I got to thinking about how different things are now. Technology changes, society changes, and things evolve. I then realized some of the things I experienced as a child my kids won’t experience let, alone understand and that is so weird to me.
1. Rolling back a cassette tape.
My kids will never know what a cassette tape is let alone why it was important to have a pencil nearby … to wind it back up.
2. Putting a VHS tape into the VCR.
My kids will never know what it feels like to gently push that VCR into the machine and hear all the gears go.
3. Waiting to record.
My kids will never experience waiting for your favorite song to come on the radio to hit record.
4. Dialing in a circle.
My kids will never experience the fun of using a rotary phone to make a long distance phone call. The fun spring-back sound it made will be oblivious to my kids.
5. Stuck to the wall.
My kids will never experience what it was like to talk on the phone and not be able to move around. The cord will be so foreign to them.
6. Blowing into the cartridge.
My kids will never experience having to blow into the video game cartridge to make it work. Heck, they won’t even know what that cartridge is for.
7. Seed spitting contest.
My kids will never experience a family-fun watermelon seed spitting contest. These days, the watermelons all seem to come seedless.
8. PB&J at school.
My kids will never experience eating a daily peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school. Many schools are now (thankfully) becoming nut free zones.
9. Going to rent a movie.
My kids will never experience getting into their car and driving to Blockbuster to rent a movie and having to take it back to avoid late charges … or to be kind and rewind.
10. The sound of being connected.
My kids will never experience that sound of dialing up to the internet. Not only will that sound be foreign to them but the idea of super slow internet will blow their minds.
11. Emptying the vacuum bag.
My kids will never experience the grossness of having to clean out the vacuum bag. These days they are all bag-less and many machines can vacuum on their own.
12. Finding a quarter to make a call.
My kids will never experience having to dig through their pockets for change to make a phone call. I am not even sure I would know where to find a pay phone.
13. Not lathering up.
My kids will never experience being able to go outside without sunscreen. With all the UV risks we know about now it’s just not worth it.
14. Paying with cash.
My kids will never experience having to pay in physical cash. Everything is done with credit or debit cards now.
15. Who’s calling?
My kids will never experience not knowing who is calling. Call display is standard on all phones now.
16. Getting mail.
My kids will never experience getting daily mail and having to go out to the mailbox. Most letters are written through text or email and bills are nearly all online as well.
17. Developing film.
My kids will never experience having to send away your film and waiting for it to come back. There is no more wondering if your images turned out.
18. Getting lost.
My kids will never experience getting lost. GPS technology has made it hard for us to not know where to go — even if we get all turned around.