Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kids these days!

I'm feeling old right now. Real old.

I just realized that about 90% of the people on Tumblr are under the age of 18. That's kind of scary. I also realized that "kids these days" don't really look or act like kids. It probably sounds stupid coming from someone who is 22 (well, almost) but really! I feel ancient.

I was in the mall today looking around for Christmas stuff and hitting up Yankee Candle (my favorite store ever). As I was walking through the mall I saw all these girls who to me looked like they could be 16 or 17 and then I realized they were in middle school when they were talking about "going on to high school". I remember being in middle school fairly well and I guess I was trying to be grown up at that age too, but I don't think I was as convincing as these kids! I don't get it. When did kids stop being able to be kids? I guess it horrifies me the most because I am a parent now. I just don't want my son to be like that. I know I can't stop it and I went through a phase of trying to be ~grown~ when I was younger. I just hate thinking of my kids doing the same. Hypocritical? But of course.

Nothing ticks me off more than when I see young kids carrying cell phones or with Coach purses. It might be because of where I live but I see this a lot. It's just so annoying and frustrating. Your 7-year-old is not a teenager and should not be treated like one. And why is it that everywhere I go kids are staring at their Nintendo DS and not paying attention to where they're going or just zoning out in general? I know if I did that as a kid my Mom would have kicked my butt. My son will not be allowed to just sit at the table when I eat and play a video game. I actually know of a couple middle-school aged kids that have Ipod touches. I don't even have one! What the hell? I'm all for kids having fun and indulging once in a while but from what I've seen - everything is just overkill.

I'm probably biased because I'm a 20-something adult that likes Sailor Moon and still collects anything with Hello Kitty's face on it. Honestly, things are better when you're a kid. I wish I had listened to my parents and the adults in my life that told me this. I wish I could go back to the time when I had recess, when I could blow off homework because it really didn't matter, when I could eat a bowl full of Mac n' Cheese and not have to worry about my weight. Those were the days. But, as you know, hindsight is always 20/20. I'm going to try my best to insist that my son and my future children enjoy their childhood while they can. It seems childhood is getting shorter and shorter as time goes on.

A girl after my own heart

Now, please excuse me while I go watch SpongeBob Squarepants.


Sniper said...

Haha, I feel the same way as you. I remember driving with my friend in the morning to uni, which is by the high school and we were like, "They look" I see 3 year old girls with purses all the time and saying, "Oh my gawd I love that [article of clothing]!" and it's just really weird to me.

Lauren the Lionhearted said...

Good to know I'm not alone :)