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Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

My g-g-g-generation (or, Social Security Blues)

KevinBrennan · Yesterday’s Kids

Every generation will someday utter the words, “In my day …”

This song is my way of saying things were better when I was a kid. I don’t think I’m quite as extreme as Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man (That’s the way it was and we LIKED it!), but god damn it, the world has careened down the garbage chute to Hell since I was young, and things aren’t getting better any time soon.

Just a few of the benefits my generation enjoyed: only three television stations; mandatory crew cuts for boys; the military draft; cars that got eight miles a gallon; everybody smoked, everywhere; drinking and driving was encouraged; the Equal Rights Amendment failed …

Wait a minute. I know there must have been some great things too. Hang on.

Okay: Superballs. Creeple People. Stingray bikes. Much better music. Moon shots. Incredible tomatoes. Walter Cronkite.

I’ll leave it at that.

As for today’s kids, savor the things you love now, because in forty years you’ll be saying, “In my day,” and younger folks will laugh at you.

That’s the great circle of life.

But today’s kids,
They don’t care about tomorrow.
They’re oblivious to the way things are.
They’re 35 years old
and they live with Mom and Dad.
Their phones are on the family plan!

5 comments on “My g-g-g-generation (or, Social Security Blues)

  1. justdrivewillyou
    April 16, 2022

    I even remember WALKING to the TV to change the channel or the volume! 😄

    • Kevin Brennan
      April 16, 2022

      Yep! And my dad used to take me with him to the hardware store to use the tube tester when the TV was on the fritz. 🤣

  2. Luanne
    May 23, 2022

    You hit on one of the bad things about today vs. yesteryear right there at the end.
    And you’re right about the music.
    Let’s not forget playing outside all day long.

    • Kevin Brennan
      May 23, 2022

      Thanks for listening, Luanne! I wonder if we have rose-colored glasses about childhood … 🤔

      • Luanne
        May 23, 2022

        Hah, no, I remember all the flaws. That’s why my memoir has been in process since 2008.

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