Generation Xers had it rough, too

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist

Those of us in Generation X have it much easier than our parents did.

In turn, our children have it even easier. Last week, I wrote that our “having it rough” stories are laughable to our parents and grandparents who walked “miles in the snow.” Perhaps they are not so laughable to our children, though. Let’s take a look at how rough we Generation Xers had it:

• Times were so rough, we had to open a dictionary or encyclopedia to look up word spellings and facts. No dictionary.com or spell check.

• Times were so rough we had to actually go to a movie theater to watch a film. No take-home movie rentals in those days.

• Times were so rough we had to go in person to pay bills. No online accounts.

• Times were so rough we had to communicate in person, and in advance, with our parents and even our friends. No cell phones

• Times were so rough, we had to get down and knock on people’s doors or honk the horn instead of texting them, “I’m here!”

• Times were so rough we had to write letters to grandparents, cousins, aunts and ex-boyfriends. No MySpace or Facebook.

Helena Rodriguez is a freelance writer and English teacher. She can be reached at: Helena.Rodriguez@enmu.edu