Posted: Mar 10, 2014 9:00 AM
 
There are things our kids will never know about and even things our kids will never see. From film canisters — remember the excitement of doubles? — to phone booths — and the need for that quarter from mom? — here's an ode to things kids today will never know!

Stepping back into our childhoods and reliving the thrill of not knowing who's calling and of going to Blockbuster to pick out our Friday night movie is good for the soul. It makes us connect with our "good old days" and brings on the collective tug that warms the heart.

Giving our kids a sneak peek of what we were like at their age allows us to form greater bonds with our children, as they will gain a richer understanding of who we are and where we came from.

It turns out that this same feeling can be passed down to our children via our stories. Mental health and relationship expert Rhonda Richards-Smith, LCSW explains, "Sharing about our past gives our kids a tangible image of what our lives were like when we were their age. Realistically, giving our kids a sneak peek of what we were like at their age allows us to form greater bonds with our children, as they will gain a richer understanding of who we are and where we came from."

So let's all take a moment to revel in things our kids will never know, then share a piece of our puzzle with them by trying to explain — at least! — one of these to them!

phone booth

Phone booths

Your mom pressing 25 cents into your palm just in case you need to make a call

Call waiting

Not knowing who's calling

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The click of a rotary phone and the satisfying feeling of pressing that circle

Recording the perfect answering machine message — no matter how many takes it took

Looking up a phone number in the phone book

Sitting by the phone waiting for your best friend to call

Then sitting in your room for hours to talk to her — because the phone cord would only reach so far

The click of film snapping into a camera

Film canisters

The joy of free doubles

stack of encyclopaedias

Disposable cameras

No GPS

No Siri

No cell phones

When going out meant being unavailable

So many encyclopedias

Having to get home to watch a show

Waiting for a commercial to go to the bathroom or to get a snack

The Friday night TV lineup — TGIF!

Buying the TV Guide magazine

Scrolling through the TV Guide channel — and what it felt like to blink and miss your show time, then sit through the scroll again

VCRs

VHS tapes

VCR tapes

Watching recorded shows

Deciding whether or not to record over a show you previously taped

Realizing that you tried to record a show, but you — or someone else! — forgot to rewind the tape, so no dice

Blockbuster

The sound of a modem crackling

Not being able to use the internet because your mom was on a call or waiting for a call or thinking about making a call

floppy disk

Floppy disks

Mix tapes

Recording songs off the radio

BMG music buying club

Tower Records

Using a Walkman

Passing notes in class

How magical airport pick up and drop offs used to be

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