When I was young we didn’t even think about back to school until after Labor day and our list of essentials was pretty short.
Nowadays they hit the classrooms in mid August and the list of essentials is much longer.
When my brother Wesley and I went away to school we didn’t take much.
We had a jointly owned 13-year-old Oldsmobile. We loaded it with two suitcases and a couple of cardboard boxes full of stuff.
We couldn’t take much more. The Plainview Academy dorm rooms weren’t very spacious.
I took a few extra pairs of socks and underwear, one dress suit, one sport coat, six or seven shirts for class, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of slacks, two pairs of shoes, a pair of boots, one windbreaker and one winter coat.
My most prized possessions were drawing pencils, some water color paints, a primitive drafting board with a wobbly T-square and a Kodak Duaflex box camera with a few rolls of 620 Verichrome panchromatic film.
Kids today think Verichrome panchromatic film must be the name of a new horror movie.
Backpack? Forget it! I would have been laughed out of school carrying a backpack in those days.
No radio, no record player, just bare-bones stuff, but I was happy as a bunny in a cabbage patch.
It’s a whole new ball game today. Now it takes much more to satisfy a cabbage patch bunny.
Kids today won’t be seen in an 'old ladies car' such as the 13-year-old Oldsmobile my brother Wesley and I owned. Nope, they ain’t happy if they don’t have a cool SUV or Crossover such as a new Dodge Durango or Ford Edge.
The list of stuff students "need" is much longer now:
4. MacBook Pro
5. 3-in-one printer/copier/scanner
6. Flat screen TV
7. PlayStation 2.
Why is the PlayStation 2 essential? That’s what they use to play their DVD’s. After all, they can’t study unless Kid Rock is rockin' the room.
As the old Bob Dylan song says, The Times, They Are a-Changin’…