Kids These Days

Sure they can work computers and modern media devices, but can they change a flat tire or fix the toilet? I am stunned at the blankness and ‘dead behind the eyes’ youth that I encounter.

Can the kids of today change the world? I mean for the better.

  1. Simon Templar
    Try to give a young cashier $1.02 for a bill of 97 cents.  They’ll only take the dollar bill and give you that look like you’re an idiot every time.  When they give your 3 pennies change, add those to the 2 they just refused and ask for a nickel.  The shock and amazement on their face is the same as if they had just seen the Amazing Kreskin do a card trick.  

    In other words, the answer to your question is too depressing to contemplate.

  2. CandE

    Isn’t it possible that inability or disinterest in performing handy-man type work is due to a sort of economic evaluation?

    -E

  3. TheRoyalFamily

    That’s what we’re going to keep you old people around for.

  4. Jim Chase

    Frankly, I see that same dead look in more than a few adults I know.  Further, I’m not sure my folks didn’t see a 4-headed alien when they looked at me in my younger years.

    What I do know is this.  My boys aren’t going to learn to change a tire or fix a toilet unless I give them the opportunity to try.  I have to make those opportunities happen, and resist the urge to do all the fixing myself. 

    My oldest recently went camping with his Boy Scout troop, with temps at night in the low teens, highs only around the freezing mark.  No electronics for 3+ days.  He came back with more light in his eye than when he had left. 

    Left to their own devices (pun intended), kids (and adults) will only develop as necessity requires.  Sometimes, necessity will shake away the “blankness,” the dependency.  But not always.

    That said, those kids who do learn to change a tire and fix a toilet, and go on to pursue such skills in a trade will undoubtedly make a killing in the future economy. 

     

  5. Misthiocracy

    Kids?  

    I meet plenty, PLENTY, of adults who are equally hopeless at basic tasks.

    Thank goodness too, because they’re what keeps me employed.

    If people learned to do things for themselves, I’d be out of a job.

  6. Patrickb63

    I learned to fix a tire when I had to.  No one took me out and said “here’s how you change a tire.”  I’d seen my dad do it maybe once.  I never saw him change or fix a toilet.  After my wife and I bought our first house,  I learned to do that myself.  We were young and poor and couldn’t afford a plumber for the simple stuff.  I’m not that worried, because there will always be cheap-skates like me who  will teach themselves to perform minor repairs.

  7. Mama Toad

    My children know how to stack wood, make bread and brownies from scratch, care for animals and small children, make a swimming rescue, do a handstand, set the table properly, load a dishwasher or washing machine, climb a tree, and tie a knot.

    They’ve helped with electrical wiring, re-roofing, and log splitting. They can weed a garden patch and draw. They all can read music at least rudimentarily if they can also read. 

    We just got back from a hike in the snowy woods where we saw a red-tailed hawk, walked on a frozen pond, and did some sketching.

    Many children today suffer from not just a lack of practical skills, but from Nature Deficit Disorder. I think the two problems are related, don’t you?

  8. Barkha Herman

    @Andrew – Check out these kids.  I doubt they can change a tire, but they can do a lot more…

  9. Gary The Ex-Donk

    Today’s kids couldn’t handle a dial up connection.  Why, in my day, we had to wait for one of those old fashioned modems to connect to the internet.  Someday’s we’d wait for days on end, and we were charged by the minute when if finally did connect.  And we LIKED it.

    Now you got all these fancy shmancy wireless devices and these spoiled kids are watching whole seasons of “Game of Thrones” on their tablets and phones.

    And texting.  Why, in my day, we had to learn cursive writing and we had to do it over and over and over until we got it right.  And we used ink!  If you made a mistake you had to put a line through it and put it in parenthesis.  We didn’t have any tooty-fruity spellchecker neither.  If we got it wrong we had to stare at it in shame while the teacher clucked her disapproval at our carelessness.

    And we LIKED it!  Dang-nabbit!

    Why these young whipper snappers with their saggy blue jeans down around their knees and their newfangly body adornments are going to be the ruination of this…nation.  Mark my words!

  10. Barkha Herman
    Simon Templar: Try to give a young cashier $1.02 for a bill of 97 cents.  They’ll only take the dollar bill and give you that look like you’re an idiot every time.  When they give your 3 pennies change, add those to the 2 they just refused and ask for a nickel.  The shock and amazement on their face is the same as if they had just seen the Amazing Kreskin do a card trick.  

    In other words, the answer to your question is too depressing to contemplate. · 5 hours ago

    My 17 year old son and his friends run a concession stand at their school to raise money for their Mu Alpha Theta Trips.  When people hand them bills, they just pause to see if the purchasers realize that there is change coming to them.  If they walk away – they pocket the change for a good cause.

    Devious little mongrels – but they sure know how to add.

  11. Gary The Ex-Donk

    Hot diggity - blast it all to heck.  These little scoundrels make get me so fuming sometimes I have to take out my choppers and gum on a pretzel for an hour or so just to calm down!

    Snot-nosed scallywags!

  12. Misthiocracy
    Gary The Ex-Donk: Today’s kids couldn’t handle a dial up connection.  Why, in my day, we had to wait for one of those old fashioned modems to connect to the internet.  Someday’s we’d wait for days on end, and we were charged by the minute when if finallydid connect.  And we LIKED it.

    And finally…

  13. Simon Templar
    Barkha Herman

    Simon Templar: Try to give a young cashier $1.02 for a bill of 97 cents.  They’ll only take the dollar bill and give you that look like you’re an idiot every time.  When they give your 3 pennies change, add those to the 2 they just refused and ask for a nickel.  The shock and amazement on their face is the same as if they had just seen the Amazing Kreskin do a card trick.  

    In other words, the answer to your question is too depressing to contemplate. · 5 hours ago

    My 17 year old son and his friends run a concession stand at their school to raise money for their Mu Alpha Theta Trips.  When people hand them bills, they just pause to see if the purchasers realize that there is change coming to them.  If they walk away – they pocket the change for a good cause.

    Devious little mongrels – but they sure know how to add. · 30 minutes ago

    and may the Lord richly bless them.

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