A Facebook friend recently posted about how his daughter, after going for a ride in an older pickup truck, simply could not believe that you had to turn a handle to make the windows go up and down. That's just so...so... old-fashioned.

That poor kid will never have the chance to develop the upper body strength and fast reflexes needed to quickly crank up a window when it started to rain suddenly. And the horror if you had to LEAN ACROSS THE CAR to crank up the passenger window. And don't get me started on plain old non-power locks. That was way back when you needed a key to open your car.

Of course - this all got me thinking, what other joys of growing up in the 70s and 80s will the current generation never get to appreciate?

If the horror of losing the remote control in your house is anything like it is in mine, you have to wonder how kids would handle having to get up to change the channel. WHAT? That's when the closest you got to channel surfing was standing next to the TV to peruse the only 13 channels that were actually on TV.

How many of us grew up with a list of phone numbers taped next to a rotary phone in the kitchen? If you wanted a private conversation, you were lucky if the cord reached the bathroom or a closet. And if you wanted to call someone, you needed to have that number memorized.

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They'll never understand "Be Kind, Rewind." Or the reason you sometimes needed a pencil to listen to your favorite cassette. Remember your Sony Walkman and those foam covered headphones? That's when you had your 12 to 14 songs on your favorite mix tape and listened to it all the time.

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What about figuring out plans for the night? Or who liked who in social studies (why is it always social studies)? There was no texting. You either waited until lunch, or you passed a note - and lived with the risk of it getting intercepted by another student, or worse, a teacher.

Needed to figure out how to do something? No Google. No YouTube. You either tried and failed, or you hoped someone's parent knew how to do whatever it was.

Of course this happens for every generation - just like we've always known an electric freezer rather than one kept cold by a block of ice, and, for the most part, the only thing we watched in black and white was the beginning of 'The Wizard of Oz.'

Maybe someday, another generation will lament cars that drove on roads, and a time when people actually carried phones rather than having some kind of implant.

What do you think kids today will just never understand? Email beth@lite987.com or text us using the Lite 98.7 mobile app. 


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