Over years of conversations with my wife, we frequently seem to visit a certain topic: Things that the older generation did that the newer generation will probably never do.
For instance, the other day I asked my wife, "Would you EVER think to eat grapefruit for breakfast? Like, you just wake up and think I'll have grapefruit today?"
She said, "My mom probably would."
I said, "Would anyone that you know who is under the age of 40 eat grapefruit for breakfast?"
We couldn't think of anyone. Getting squirt in the eye by grapefruit used to be a classic comedy bit. And we have conversations along these lines about how popular "hot water bottles" used to be. You could frequently see people in your favorite prime time shows breathing into a paper bag because they were hyperventilating or tying their jaw with a strip of fabric to remedy a toothache. Kids today would probably not respond well to such things. What happened to the requisite episode of EVERY television show where one of the stars has their tonsils removed with the promise of ice cream afterward?
Do people still say: "Get your cotton-pickin' hands off me!" Maybe in the south?
It's strange to think how many sayings and behaviors will not be passed from grandparent to grandkid. Things that seem so common place to the older folks will seem like a bizarre inside reference to kids. My wife tells me how her grandmother would always bring them broken little crayon nubs to color with when her and her siblings were young, because she grew up in the depression era and didn't want to waste anything that still had some use in it. Grandma carries that attribute to this day.
We should discuss this further over some malted milk shakes. Then we'll go to grandma's for some ribbon candy.