8 everyday things that I’m sad my grandchildren might never experience 37



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As this world changes, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the way things used to be… and that my grandchildren mightn’t be able to experience them.

Some simple pleasures or even routines we’ve become accustomed to seem to be fading before my eyes and as I stop and write this, I wonder too what my life will be like in 5, 10, 15 years’ time.

Post office

I know that the post office still exists but I wonder how much longer for? I live in a small town and we don’t have letter box delivery, so we have to go to the post office and get it from Sue, the owner. However she thinks soon enough there’ll just be metal storage boxes we will electronically open and get our mail out. My grandkids will not know the difference, or perhaps even the joy of getting a letter (that isn’t a bill).

Talking to someone, not a robot

Self checkouts have already started taking over the supermarkets and some stores like Kmart and Big W, but I remember a time when registers didn’t even have digital displays, and cashiers had to count out the change. Now, if you want to buy some milk from your local supermarket, you’re more likely to be speaking to the robot who asks you repeatedly to put the item in the plastic bag. Believe me, on lonely days, this interaction can be a lot more irritating than convenient.

Film developed

Do you remember the joys of having film developed? My grandchildren won’t ever experience that. In fact right now if I were to show them a film camera, I’m afraid they mightn’t know what it is. We didn’t have a ‘delete’ button – we’d have a limited amount of photos and if they all turned out black, that’s just what happened. Kids are missing out on that spontaneity we had, and the carefree nature of photography. Now it’s all about selfies and making everything perfect.

Read the newspaper

Once upon a time, dear grandies, there was such thing as a newspaper, and everyone read one to get their news. We couldn’t just turn on the TV or our phone and see news any time of the day – this was our main media. We’d find out about deaths, births, world events – you name it. Kids these days don’t immerse themselves in the outside world as much and I feel it’s quite sad.


Ah, vinyl records. I still have so many. Who can go past that soft crackle when you put the record on? It’s a simple pleasure that young people just can’t appreciate. They have their Apple music and streaming and don’t have time to listen to the classics or even a new record on vinyl. It was the best way to listen to your favourite music.


I absolutely love sewing and knitting, but I can tell you right now: I don’t know anyone in their 20s who can do the same. It’s a lost skill and it pains me to see some many clothes and other items thrown out because a young person doesn’t know how to patch something up! There’s such joy in creating something with your hands.

Going to the bank

It sounds a bit silly but I really enjoy going to the bank, even if it’s just to cash a cheque or check my balance. I read the other day that cash money won’t exist in 5-6 years, and if that’s the case, my grandkids will no idea about how currency used to work. In turn i think this will cause issues with money management as it’s not tangible.

Reading a hardcover book

The smell of a new book is hard to replicate… I know because I’ve smelt my Kindle! There’s some so enjoyable about opening up a new book and sitting down with a cuppa. While eBooks are so accessible, I think children especially will miss out on that feeling and maybe even a love for books.

Tell us, what other things are becoming relics of the past? What do you think our grandkids are missing out on?

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  1. They will have their own happy memories just as we have. Life changes all the time, as long as they have loving people around them to help them make live lives to the full. I think that is like anyone can ask

  2. Each generation has different memories. I think the improvements possibly out.weigh the negatives that this person wrote about.
    How about:
    Advances in medicine and health care…with diseases such as polio and smallpox being eradicated?
    Electricity…how much easier to complete the household chores with appliances we have today. No more boiling those sheets in a copper boiler!
    Technology…people don’t need to be computer wizards to appreciate the wonders of the Internet, whereby it is possible to research just about any topic, and makes it possible to have “face to face” conversations with friends and family around the world.
    OK…so the excitement of receiving that “airmail” letter, after waiting weeks, has gone, but to be able to see and talk to people far away has to be an improvement on old systems?

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    • Lol and I haven’t even read the article yet but ! get the drift from your answer . I had better read it now !!!!
      Last time I went to the bank it had changed so much as I do all our banking etc on my I.pad . Pay all the bill etc .
      We live in a small country town so, no need to go to town every day day to the post office , the postie still comes out here we are 16 km out of town , it will soon stop and become 3 days a week and yes lots will come by e-mail soon.
      we went to a historical place at Coobooture once on hollidays and there was a section on a Post Office and we loved it , yes memories for us, there was the machine you put money in and your stamp popped out lol. the telephone exchange was part of the post office …yes the kids won’t know any of this ….sad but true …. I get what you are saying

      but, that’s progress and technology while somethings we think are crap !! Somethings are absolutely fantastic ….who would want to go back to the old wringer machines lol etc . .

      The kids will never enjoy the freedom that we did have with fear . Yes there were drugs in the “flower Power” era but nothing like now..

      Yes our parents knitted everything not much was bought , we were extremely lucky (I was not a knitter ) but both mum an in law was .

      Modern medicine has been fantastic ,but sometimes I think it gets taken too far
      We live in the country so, fresh air is good no pollution .
      Yes some animals may not be around
      And yes they will have their own memories and laugh like hell about ours their great great great grand parents ha ha ha .

  3. I ,really don’t feel as strongly as you do about the old times ,I absolutely love living in today’s world ,except got the terrible rising of drugs ,I abhor swearing ,vulgarity ,apart from that ,I adore my I PHONE ,I PAD , COLOR T V ,BEING ABLE TO TRAVEL OVERSEAS IN A DAY .,– yes I am sorry our grandchildren can’t be without thrill pone for 5 mins

  4. So very true , it’s a rapidly changing world , some things for the better ,some not so. What I would say is disappearing the most is the art of conversation.Remember when you had the Milkman , the Coal man, Dustbin man etc. A nice wee chat with each of them is how you got your news. Neighbours had time for each other and often you borrow or lend such items as a pound of sugar or a quarter pound of tea. Houses and cars were left unlocked. You could go the grocers and take your shopping home in a cardboard box or the old string bags. I could go on . There was so much interaction between people. With the advent of multi national companies the peoples touch has all but gone.Oh to have those days back.

  5. Vinyl records are coming back in a big way and my grandchildren, despite their iPads, still love reading hard cover books.

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  6. Times change and that will always be so. They will have their own experiences that are just as precious to them.

  7. My daughter just told me that she got off her bus yesterday after one stop because the airconditioning wasn’t working and silly me asked why she didn’t open a window. Windows don’t open on buses anymore.

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