Admit it, those of you who have kids have used this phrase. Especially when your kids are whining and moaning that they don't have "anything to do."
I've hauled it out more than once for sure. "Oh come on... you have a house full of gadgets, high tech 21-speed bikes, easy access to a gigantic mall and 9 kinds of organized sports. We didn't have any of those things when I was a kid.
Actually, I imagine this phrase has been cited by parents since the beginning of time.
Thomas Edison - 1890: You kids today have everything! We didn't have cars or phonographs or light bulbs for that matter. We didn't even have zippers for Pete's sakes!
Caveman dad - 1,005,434 BC: What are you complaining about? We didn't even have fire when we were kids.
I can't wait until 20 years from now when I'm hearing my son tell his children, "When I was a kid, there were no virtual 3D playrooms at McDonalds."
But these pictures I found this morning from when I was 12 really drive home the point. In the days without Wii's and cable TV, we had to actually invent ways to entertain ourselves when we were bored- and using our imaginations was key to making this happen.
See what I mean? You've been there. I mean who in those days didn't dress up all summer as bald-headed aliens and walk around their neighborhoods in broad daylight. EVERYONE was doing it. It was the thing to do.
Yes sir... totally normal.
Ok, disregard those pictures. That's not me and that never happened. Must be some internet crap I found somewhere. HEY LOOK... KITTENS!
Damn, I wish we'd had cable TV.
If you feel sorry for me as a child, please click the happy face here.