Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Generation Gap

I remember when CDs were brand new-- my kids don't have a clue what cassettes are.

Toy phones when I was young were the old rotary dial Fisher Price things-- my kids have one, but mostly they play with their toy camera cell phones.

I remember when you rented the VCR along with the movie-- my kids DO know what a VCR is.  Sort of.  They have lots of VHS tapes and Boo knows how to get them in and out, play, stop and rewind.  Frankly, for kids I think they're far superior to DVDs.

I grew up on Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo.... GOOD cartoons!  Thankfully there are resources available-- my kids LOVE Scooby and Buggs!  I am, however, ready to kill a certain Latina explorer.... and possibly her stupid little monkey too.

I remember the first computer we got.  Well, the first PC.  We had an old Atari thing that I remember too.  I remember using the internet to do research for the first time-- 7th grade!  (And since my dad WORKED in computers, we were probably ahead of the curve...)  Boo can already do some things on a computer.  I figure by the time she's in high school notebook computers will be standard.  Heck, you can buy computers/computer plugins for 2-year-olds!  (Which I think is insane.  The last thing I need is a toddler taking over my computer.)

I am not very old.  I'm not.  Logically I know this.  And yet, there are so many things that my kids will never ever understand that I grew up with.

I guess every parent feels this way.  But it's weird.

Why am I blogging about this?  Well, as I read more and more Nancy Drew books, I wonder if the appeal is still there.  Do they come across as hokey because I'm older or because of how much the world has changed?

Are my kids going to turn their noses up at the classic kids books I loved?  Heck a lot of stuff I loved was old when I was a kid, but has it all hit an expiration date?

And am I the only one really kind of scared by that idea?


  1. Loved this! Yes, I'm a bit scared that the stuff I loved is going to be totally out of date. I'd love my kids to read and enjoy them, but I am pretty sure more good stuff will keep coming out and they'll find something they love.

  2. We have this conversation all the time with my kids. The thing they think is the VERY strangest is the fact that there was a time when you couldn't sit down anytime you wanted to watch a movie. Anyway, I hope it doesn't mean some classics will go out of style. My daughter (nearly 11) just read a Nancy Drew and seemed to enjoy it. But she's not eating them up like I did at her age.

  3. I don't know, to me it's like 80s movies. Some of them aged well, some didn't. I was obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie books when I was in elementary school. Maybe all the stuff we loved is now falling into the vintage/historical fiction category and will be interesting to our kids for that respect. I know I still think my parents records rock, though I might not be operating the record player correctly . . .

  4. Melissa- True, the YA market has exploded in recent years!

    Suey- LOL! When we switched cable/sat. providers my kids had a terrible time understanding that we no longer had "On Demand". Glad your daughter enjoyed the Nancy Drew she read!

    Tara Jayne- Ah 80's movies... yeah some really didn't age well.
    And records-- chalk that up as one more thing my kids have no clue about...