Things Our Kids Will Never Understand


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Joey Huckaby, Staff Writer


Every generation always has a moment at the dinner table where your grandma says to your mom, “You don’t know what a corset is?”

Then later your mom says to you, “What do you mean you don’t know what a VHS is?” Whether you like it or not our generation, Generation Z will have to explain to our children what certain things were when we were kids. You may not think about it but a lot is changing around us. These changes are changes that will last forever.

The first thing that I believe our kids will never have the honor of using is a TV that has “guts”(that big box behind the screen). Gutted TVs have slowly been going out of style, every time you go to a garage sale I know you see that ugly small 20 inch TV that is all black with a free sign on it, that no one will take.

That reminds me of another thing that our kids won’t have the honor of attending. A garage sale, I’m not sure about everyone else but when I do actually stop at a yard sale the people running them are very old. These elderly people have an expiration date. With all the 99 cent deals at Wendy’s and McDonald’s, most of these people’s expiration dates are way before my generation will have kids.

Teenagers are on the very end of this pleasure, the landline telephone. I always remember having to call my friends parent’s house and having to ask to speak to my friend. Our kids will just text their friends instead of having to have a  brief conversation with parents. It’s another very sad fact that we will have to accept.

Another thing that comes to mind is the fact that our kids won’t have the pleasure going Christmas shopping in stores like Sears, JCPenney, and Macy’s. Just this last October, Sears which had been open for 132 years, filed for bankruptcy. JCPenney and Macy’s are both burdened with massive amounts of debt. Hopefully, these two stores will be able to turn around their businesses to compete with online shopping, but if they do not, then we can say goodbye to the classic holiday shopping and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The list could go far and wide for the things we will have to accept when we get old, but I really don’t want to ruin your day, so I will end with this. Hopefully, our kids will never have to deal with racism, sexism, and ageism  like we have to deal with today. Progress has been made. My kid could very well be writing the exact same article in 20 years talking about how their kids won’t have the pleasure of using the internet. Lastly, I know change is always inevitable, but can’t we please keep manual cars on the road and self-driving cars off them?