The difference is...ours doesn't include wearing warmed root vegetables, and although no doubt quite shocking to anyone under the age of 40, is equally astonishing to us when we think of what we managed to live without as youngsters.
Therefore, my fellow Boomers, feel free to share this with all those "kids" in your life whenever they whine about how tough things are for them...
I remember when:
- cars had no seat belts, and only a drivers' side sideview mirror; windshield wiper fluid was our garden hose
- there was no velcro
- we had no cell phones, no cordless landlines, no call-waiting/ conference calling/etc. - our "conference call" was quaintly (but aptly given what our college days turned into) called a "party-line" - "voicemail" was a pad and pencil...
- the kids in the family were the dishwasher
- auto gas and house paint was leaded (that explains a lot...)
- families owned one TV and for the longest time it was black & white (who knew Oz was in color?!)
- work computers were DOS based (with the little blinking cursor), used floppy discs, and had about 2 microns of memory (I made up that amount to indicate they had practically no memory capacity)
- a dime actually bought something worthwhile
- in college we wrote our term papers on typewriters (manual usually, electric if you were lucky); fixing a typo required carefully applied erasure or white-out, or a complete do over...
- you couldn't wear white after Labor Day (actually...is that still true?)
- we got all dressed up to travel by train or plane (and we looked smashing!)
Kids...You have been officially alerted.