When I was growing up, we played outside a lot and our curfew was when it was “dark.” We didn’t have cellphones so my mother never knew what we were doing. I don’t remember that she ever even asked. We had implemented the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy long before the Clinton administration.
If I wasn’t outside, my friends and I used to hide out in my bedroom and make prank phone calls for hours. There was no caller ID or call back options and phoning the Corns and asking for the Colonel was the height of hilarity. It never got old. Sometimes I wonder if the Corns miss me.
When I think about all the stuff I did as a kid, I get a panic attack. We live in a different generation and I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. What was once the norm is completely unheard of now. I often think about the things my mother did that would get me arrested these days.
1. I never rode a bike or skateboard with a helmet. In my mother’s defense, I don’t think they made them. Same goes for seatbelts. I don’t recall seatbelts in cars. At least, I don’t remember my mom’s Vista Cruiser having seatbelts. Of course, my parent’s cars never had the optional luxury supreme package. Probably the parents who cared about injury thought about safety options. My parents had five kids in ten years. They were too tired to think about traumatic brain injury.
2. Leaving me in a locked car while she ran in and did her grocery shopping. When I remind her of this, she shrugs her shoulders and says, “Well, at least I locked the doors so no one could kidnap you.” Seriously? What about cooking me and my brother in a hundred and fifty degree locked car? Then driving us home without seat belts? Sheesh!
3. Naked pictures. When I think of all the naked pics my mom has of me and my sibs, and all the naked pics I have of my kids, we are both probably looking at double life sentences with no possibility of parole. But come on. Is there anything better than a naked baby bum pic?
What did you do as as a kid that was considered the norm but would get your mother arrested now? Do you miss the good old days of prank phone calling? If not, what do you miss?