“Mommy, What’s a Phonebook?”

My six-year-old asked me this question and it made me wonder if she would ever use one. There are so many things my kids don’t understand because things have changed. And though I try to change with the times, I find myself telling my kids how much better they have it (just like my parents used to tell me). And it’s true. The facts are the facts. So, here’s a list of things my kids likely will never experience.


Film cameras

TV commercials that can’t be fast-forwarded

Scheduled radio and TV programming – since pretty much everything is available on demand

Non-microwave popcorn

TV Guide Magazine/Book
(Got the TV Guide picture from a blog called B-Side on which the author posted ads from this 1986 issue).

Phones with cords

Aqua Net Hairspray (Unless there’s a potato cannon involved)

Paper Maps

Cars without movie players

Saturday morning cartoons  - now you can watch Dora 24/7

After-school Specials

Pink Ice Jewelry


Big thick TVs with no remote

Enormous stereo systems (that had enormous head phones to go with them)

A Walkman

A boombox on your shoulder (um, why was that cool?)

Jelly shoes. I guess crocs are the modern-day version of those.

A Mix Tape

The orignal MTV

Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” Video

I know there’s more. What am I missing?

3 Responses to “Mommy, What’s a Phonebook?”

  1. Angie January 14, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Man, do I feel old. But, here are a few I’d add to your list:

    Answering Machines
    Record Players
    Videotapes and CDs
    Fax Machines

    Books / Newspapers / Libraries (the horror – if the eBook really takes off, hard copy will no longer be necessary…I simply can’t fathom this)

    ** I saw a recent article discussing things children born in 2011 will never know. I remember many of the items I listed from that article.

  2. Elizabeth January 14, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    A busy signal

    A 45 or 33….I miss the feel of vinyl!

  3. missy January 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

    wow….brings me back…WAY back. I love it.

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