I feel sorry for many of the current generation of kids. So many of them don't know how to do the simple things in life, because many in my generation wants to do everything for them and many of them don't want to learn differently (parents or kids). I get disgusted thinking about when ds was 9 and her friend's mother still dressed her (not just laid her clothes out, but put on shirt, pants, etc) AND gave her a shower!!! (No disabilities there either.) Her friends' parents can't believe I let her help cut up ingredients and cook - "they're too young for that, aren't they?" NOOOOO They aren't! Some of them aren't even allowed to use the microwave because they might cook it too long and catch it on fire. I would get rid of mine, if dh didn't like using it. The kids and I hardly ever use it, and what it is used for the stove works much better and the food tastes better. I usually only use it for occasional baked potatoes or to cook steam in the bag veggies that were on sale when I want to save on clean up.
What really brought home that this generation is in trouble is y-day ds told me most in his scout troop have no cooking skills and it aggravated him. They don't catch on when he tries to show them there are different things they can do besides hamburgers, hot dogs, lunchmeat sandwiches, and honey buns. He really hoped at least spaghetti would - jarred sauce, box of noodles and frozen meatballs. They loved it, but nobody duplicated it. Same with backpacking. DS took all home prepared meals to rehydrate. (Girl Scout Ramen Noodle stuff is one of his favorites). I had shared some ideas - Knorr noodles or rice and canned chicken or tuna, ramen noodle recipe, etc. I also shared they should eat some dehydrated foods ahead so it doesn't hurt their stomachs. It was a waste of time.
Ellen just showed a clip from a show called Mama's Boys from the Bronx that is an excellent example of how spoiled some in our society have become. These 30 something boys still live at home. The clips she showed had the son let his date for the night out the door in the morning and then beg mom to cook breakfast until she gave in, even though she had to go to work. These are the people that will have trouble when
I spent a lot of time at my dad's parents when I was little. They did many things the old fashioned way. If I spent the night on Sunday, we
on Monday. I remember the old wringer washer and never saw the electric dryer my grandmother was given used for anything but storage. We broke beans, shelled beans, shucked corn, canned everything, made ice cream, put canned milk mixed with water on corn flakes and many other things that I now realize that I thought were normal that most of my friends, if any, never did. The older I get the more I thank God for the things I learned from my grandparents and wish I'd paid more attention to somethings and asked more questions about others. My sis and only cousin on that side were several years younger than me and they didn't get the benefit of their knowledge, nor did they want it.