You Mean, “Back in the Old Days?”

#1 son is only 23. He is learning about life and preparing to move out on his own (someday). As his dad, it is both rewarding and entertaining to watch him discover some of life’s lesser known lessons. One recent educational moment occurred during a rerun of a television show.

The comedic character gave a monologue about writing checks. Specifically, observational differences between the way men and women go about it. The audience laughed. The laugh track provided a little more support to the idea that we should find it funny too. My son sat there puzzled.

He finally asked, “Who writes checks at the grocery store? Why don’t they just use their debit or credit card?”

I replied, “The grocery stores did not always accept credit and debit cards. In fact, when you were born, we wrote checks all the time.”

“Wha-a-a-a-a-a-t? No plastic cards taken? How did you live?” he blurted out incredulously.

One would think we used to inscribe our debts on clay tablets to hear him tell it.

Ah! Youth!

Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?

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