The only thing better than growing up in the fifties and sixties would be… to be a grown up in the fifties and sixties. Back in the day…You could smoke in picture shows, beauty parlors, and in the last couple of rows of an airplane! They drank whiskey sours at lunch, martini’s by five and a scotch with a splash was a drink for the road…WHAT kids?
We walked to school (minus the rain, sleet or snow…it was Florida) with friends or ALONE! Safety wasn’t an issue! Our parents would load up the car (poodle included) and drive for hours on two lane roads, smoking with the windows up, and as everyone knows… no seat belts. We fought over who would sit in the front on the hump or the flat across the back, and 1963, we rode bikes as far away from home as we could go… parents didn’t care. We had swimming pools, lakes and oceans. We did not have life guards, chaperons or sun screen. Archie Bunker claimed, “Those were the days”!
I got dropped off at jazz, tap, and ballet in the afternoon and in the summer I got dropped in North Carolina for four weeks at camp, as if they were the same. School, camp fire and dance were my only responsibilities, which seemed to be totally exhausting for my Mother.
When I look at what parents do for their kids today… It makes me want to go get in the bed (for days) with the covers over my head, and if I were the parents today…I’m sure I would be in rehab! Preschools today are having conferences to discuss toddlers academic progress (and the Fathers actually show up!) or worse… “PROGRAMS”… because stage fright must be overcome by TWO! Park and Rec registration alone would traumatize me today… not to mention the waiting list for kindergarten! (It’s not whether you win or loose…it’s how you play the game…which is why you hire a personal trainer for your kids t-ball team) Mom and Dad bought me a stryrofoam surf board every August for my birthday, and my destination was the snow cone stand. A VACAY today must include air travel to the Caribbean , private expeditions to historical burial grounds, and they order room service.
Whew! It’s hard work to have fun today! Remember when you fixed a cocktail and you called it a party! It will soon be the 2020 and I think it is going to get interesting. How old do you have to be to drive a car you don’t actually drive? Everyone will have cameras attached to a watch, phone, or TV (I hope no one has to scratch), and dear God, I can only imagine what you will be able to clap on or clap off!
Obviously parents are going to switch things up a bit. What we thought of as the more laid back days are behind us, but I look forward with great expectations to the days ahead. Neither time nor space can change the way we love our kids… to the moon and back! While our children and grandchildren alike will always find happiness in the same place…in their hearts.
Flying drones…with out chimpanzees…Please!
Happy New Year…I’ll have a vodka with a splash of kale.