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Growing Up Without A Cell Phone

 

If you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning…. Uphill… Barefoot… BOTH ways…yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!

But now that I’m over the ripe old age of forty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today. You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a freaking Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us, it was encouraged. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!

4) There were no MP3′s or Napsters or iTunes! The only Amazon was the jungle in South America. If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and screw it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that’s how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

6) We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!

7) There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror… not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there’s TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are. 

8) And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

9) We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what’s the world coming to?!?! And if you were lucky you got four channels. One of them HAD to be snowy too! 

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-turds!

12) And we didn’t have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that! 

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside… you were doing chores!

And car seats – oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first place!

See! That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You’re spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

Regards,
The Over 40 Crowd

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* Copied and “edited” from the website http://www.mommyhasapottymouth.com 

Blessings Come In Small Packages

PSALM 146:5-8

5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God,   6 the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— the Lord, who remains faithful forever.  7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free,     8 the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.

It was one week ago today that I was involved in a horrific accident. Although some of the emotional and psychological trauma has subsided, there has been a new awakening inside me that now has taken its place. I am still finding it hard to get to sleep at night, but I am able to finally get there and stay asleep for a few hours. Of course, I still awake to the immediate reality that is.

But on the other side of all this is the renewed vision I have of how blessed my life is. It is extremely humbling to have so many people pour themselves into trying to help you get better and to feel the love we often take for granted. It has been as simple as a card from people I would not have expected, but have touched their lives in some way. It has been a phone call, a Facebook post, a Twitter tweet, or just a simple email saying they have been in prayer for me. Some have come to visit. Others have went out of their way to help me do some very small task. Even the police officers I have dealt with have been supportive, comforting, and apologetic of what I have endured. It is very humbling.

I believe that God works through others in these ways during your time of need. Many times we don’t recognize it because we are so wrapped up in our own grief or self pity. But a follower of Christ has got to recognize that he is always with you, every step of the way. He may not be visible to the eye, but if you look deep enough he is visible in all things. You will see his face in those who are caring for you. And when you recognize his presence all the things that hinder you become less and less of a burden.

So go outside today. Look up at the sky. See the depth of its beauty. Gaze at the edges of the clouds and try to see them build as they go by. Watch the birds fly effortlessly across the horizon. Listen to the sounds of the wind and the leaves on the trees. Watch the butterflies as they flutter around the last few blooms of fall. He is all around you. Take the time to praise him for the little things.

Friday Night Short – The Speed Of Life

  • You are conceived and ready to harvest in nine months.
  • You come into this world blind, cold, and hungry.
  • You spend the early part of your life growing, studying, observing, and soaking it in.
  • You find your independence and want to be free to make it on your own.
  • Your life gets handed off to you in a whirlwind of learning experiences and challenges.
  • Half way through your life you wish you could go in reverse.
  • With each passing day your life gets more filled with the relentless challenges of living.
  • With each passing year you feel the wear upon what was once a growing, thriving body.
  • You make plans, but others are making plans for you too.
  • Eventually you reach the third stage, out from under the burden of working for others.
  • Now, with all the time in the world what do you do? Go to Doctors.
  • Your body continues to fail, piece by piece. Some faster than others.
  • You reach for simple things; quiet time with your spouse, playing with Grandchildren
  • Soon you are only a shadow of yourself on the outside, wondering how you got this way on the inside.
  • And then,  just like that, you are gone from this earth.
  • The whole time you were on this earth you thought you were important.
  • In 20 years, hardly anyone will remember you.
  • So what did you do with your life?
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