The Old Days And New Days
I remember a few weeks ago I was in one of the libraries in North Jersey and there were about twelve kids ages 9 to 14 talking and fooling around on the computers. One young girl perhaps about 10 or 11 years old asked another one of her friends to loan her $3.00 so she could get something to eat. From the nature of the conversations it sounds as though this young lady needs some proper guidance which she is probably not getting.
In the process of talking to people my age we think back as to what our parents gave us and the discipline we had to have to live on the allowances we were given. I remember when I used to live in Newark, New Jersey in the 1940's and early 1950's my Dad started giving me an allowance of twenty five cents per week. It is amazing what I was able to buy at that time with twenty five cents. I used to go into the local candy store and for five cents come out with both hands full of candy, today a kid needs $2.00 to $3.00 or more.
When parents bought their children toys or presents they were appreciated and enjoyed. I have heard some younger people compete with other kids as to what they wish to be better than what their friends have or are getting. Will and are they really appreciating what they have and are getting? I hope so.