Great topic. I graduated high school in 1984.
Ten things I miss and don't miss about "the good old days"
1 You played outside until the street light came on. Even then, your parents had to make you come in because you were having so much fun with your friends.
Everyone seems to busy talking on their cell phones, playing video games, and running their kids to 100 different activities; therefore, families living on the same block hardly get to know each other any more.
2. Saturday Night Live had John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, and Chevy Chase. Mr. Bill, Land Sharks and Gilda Radner were hysterical. It was actually funny. Don't care for the new seasons anymore.
3. I was a wallflower in high school and had no self-esteem or confidence. I don't care very much what people think anymore and my confidence has risen to a level of self-preservation (I don't say "yes" so people will like me.)
4. There was actually good customer service and courtesy. Nuff said.
5. If one of us kids became ill after hours, my mom would call the doctor's answering service and he would meet us in his office no matter what time it was. If my brother was having an asthma attack, the doctor would meet my parents at the emergency room. Then, he would actually spend time with you and give you a full assessment. Now, all of the doctors I come across maybe get within 5 feet of you and spend 4.5 minutes with you before leaving the room. I won't even get started on the emergency room stuff.
6. As a teenager, I was taught to earn and save my own money. I was taught to budget and appreciate a dollar. I was taught how to dress, act, and speak during a job interview
. Respect your manager and be polite to the customers. Kids today have a major sense of entitlement.
7. I worked at grocery store as a cashier during high school. When I first was hired...there were NO scanners, you had to manually enter everything. Nuff said
8. If your bra straps or your underwear showed, you were considered "unkempt", and your reputation was questionable. Girls didn't wear make up, get artificial nails, or dye jobs until you were older. Now, I can't tell a 13 year old from a 20 year old anymore.
9. We didn't have "lock down drills", just fire and tornado drills. Both of these are post-Columbine and 9/11. My kids actually have drills on what to do if someone starts shooting at school.
10. People could smoke anywhere they wanted. There "smoking sections" on airplanes, ashtrays lined the grocery store aisles, and it was considered mature and glamorous. Thank God that has changed.