When I was your age…
…I used a pencil and pen for writing.
…my homework, my school assignments and my college assignments were all handwritten.
…I looked up a dictionary (i.e. an actual book) if I didn’t know the meaning of a word.
…”Just Google it” didn’t exist.
…I walked to the corner shop.
…we had a corner shop that sold bread, milk, and other goodies.
…the people working at the corner shop knew us.
…I played football and cricket. Out in the open. With an actual bat and ball.
…I had a big desktop computer that must have weighed a tonne and had several wires attached.
…we had to actually use our fingers to type on the computer’s key board if we wanted it to do something.
…I didn’t have a mobile phone. Let alone one with a camera and radio and mp3 and a touch screen.
…blue tooth meant someone with a tooth that was coloured blue. [Why? I don’t know]
…social networking meant going and meeting people face-to-face and engaging with them in person.
…chat meant calling someone over the phone or meeting up with them for drinks or dinner and talking about everything and anything.
…we had landline phones. Phones that were in the house and stayed in the house.
…my parents were allowed to hit me if I did something wrong.
…our teachers were allowed to hit us if we did something wrong.
…you couldn’t get anywhere without studying and getting good marks.
…I read books. Not e-books.
…I read books that were a credit to the English language. They were spelt properly and helped you expand your own language abilities.
…I rode a bicycle. That moved from its spot.
…we only used the microwave oven for reheating food. Not actually cooking it.
…songs had a melody to them and lyrics that made sense.
…people became famous for things far more worthwhile than uploading a video of themselves on the web.
…a friend was someone you trusted and shared your joys and sorrows with. Not just someone you added on a social networking website but have never met.
I’m sure when the time comes, we will all have a lot more to add to this list. Can you think of any others in the mean time?
Until next time,