Things about your childhood that would baffle younger people of today

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  1. reecejackox

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    Saw this on another forum , like what would baffle younger people of today about your childhood

    I will start

    Having to go to blockbusters if you wanted to watch a movie.
     
  2. hereyago

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    I used to go to country store at 8 and get cigarettes for my dad.
     
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  4. BrianL

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    Having only 5 TV stations - well 6 if you count PBS - but nobody counted PBS.
     
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    Cartoons being limited to after school and Saturday morning.
     
  6. Floridaman999

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    Walking 5 miles uphill to school with cardboard shoes. Then something with the Earth changed and we had to walk 5 miles back, also uphill. Had calves for days. The Earth doesn't change during the school day like it used to.
     
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    Cameras with film and having to wait to see your pictures - tried to explain this concept to my oldest a few years ago, he just couldn't grasp it.

    Movie theater that only played 1 movie at a time.

    Having to wait until your teacher actually passed graded materials back to see your grade - no instant update on schoology.
     
  8. lovin'fl

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    Using encyclopedias for research.

    Laying in backseat of car to sleep while parents drove. Or sitting in mom's lap in front seat. Or sitting between mom and dad in front seat. No AC, no electric locks or windows. A car with 2 doors (having to fold up seat to climb in back). With an 8 track.
     
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    Having to be forced inside, even in the depths of winter, instead of the other way around.
     
  10. jaybirdsmommy

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    another one - card catalogs at the library.
     
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    I had to explain to my 23 year old son how to mail a letter. He still does not believe me.
     
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    I got sent to the store all the time for cigarettes for my dad. As soon as we could ride our bikes to the store we were getting his cigs.

    We lived about an hour away from Carowinds amusement park near Charlotte. My dad worked in Charlotte. Several times a summer he would drop us off on his way to work and tell us to be at the car pick up at 5:30 to go home. We would be there all day with no cell phones or way to contact anyone. Today I can't imagine going to the mailbox without one. :p
     
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    Typewriters....I had this tell my kids what they were.

    Not being able walk around while on the phone.
     
  14. PollyannaMom

    PollyannaMom I was a click-clack champ!!

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    Doing term papers with index cards - spread out aaaaaallllll over the living room floor.
     
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    Programming a VCR to tape shows.
     
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    There is a really funny video on YouTube of a father challenging his teenage sons to use a rotary dial telephone. No spoiler.
     
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    Pay telephone booths...was a quarter at one time.
     
  18. PollyannaMom

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    That was great!
     
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    My mom and my best friends mom used to do this at our local six flags in the summer. Drop us off and come back like 8 hours later. I was 12 when they started doing this.

    Also, every winter, on Saturday mornings, my mom would drop my sisters and I off at the ice rink at our civic center. We would skate for a couple hours and then go to the library to choose books. There were 3 of us. We would call our mom on a pay phone when we were ready to leave. I remember doing this when I was 8. My older sister was 10, younger was 6. I don't think this would even be LEGAL nowadays. This was in the mid/late 80s.
     
  20. SC Minnie

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    Another one--- When my brother was 9 and I was 5 we talked our mother into letting us stay home after school and during the summer by ourselves.

    We also had a party line until the late 70's.
     
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    Cash on delivery for the things bought from a tv commercial.
     

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