Life Was Better Before the Internet
Nobody knew where you were. Or what you were doing
The only technology I had as a kid was a watch with a calculator on it. And they wouldn't even let you wear it at school.
Nobody knew where you were . . .
Nobody expected to see you until dinner time. No matter how old you were.
Or what you were doing
Nobody saw you playing on the heavy equipment in the abandoned, half-built housing development.
Or getting hit by a car, and shaking it off.
Nobody filmed the dumb stuff you did . . .
Nobody recorded you trying to imitate that kid who could stand on his bike with no hands. (Don’t believe me, please click on the underlined words). You just fell hard, severely sprained your wrist, crawled away, and cried alone in peace.
Or the cool stuff either
Nobody recorded the Little League game when you hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run). So you could lie and say you hit the home run over the fence when it was really an inside-the-park home run.
And everyone forgot that the pitcher was that one girl who played Little League instead of softball (not that it mattered or anything).
You had to actually talk to your friends
You had to call them on the telephone, and your whole family listened to your conversation and made comments. And even though there was dead air that lasted for two minutes sometimes, it was better than texting.
You could listen to your friend’s parents arguing in the background, so it wasn’t like the fake happy photos everyone posts on Facebook now.
Or go visit them
And if it was a really good argument, you could get on your bike and get over there to watch through the window.
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