Never let it be said that The Hook is unsympathetic to the plight of the Modern Kid; I realize kids have challenges that range from minor (convincing their parents to fork over their hard-earned cash for Justin Bieber concert tickets) to major (bullying, broken homes, etc.) but this a lighthearted jab at the modern rugrat, so let’s get silly, shall we?
I know a child – who shall remain nameless in order to ensure my safety – that has the following items in her room..
- A big-screen plasma TV.
- A digital receiver.
- A DVD player and over 100 movies and various TV series boxed sets.
- Hundreds of books – of both the comic and novel variety.
- An iPad.
- Dozens of Barbies (Twilight, DC Comics superheroines, etc.)
- A laptop.
- Several portable video game devices and games.
- An iPod touch.
And that’s just the swag I know about! Despite this wealth of devices designed to fill hundreds of hours of a child’s carefree existence, she will still periodically declare, “I’M BORED!”
I fondly recall the days of my carefree youth, when we rode bikes and drew fresh air into our young bodies. My summer routine was simple: I would get up at 9 am, eat a hearty breakfast of sugary cereal and hit the open road on my ten-speed. I’d be gone all day!
Of course, those days are long gone, A parent can’t let their child just gallavant like a vagabond until dinner, not in this world filled with monsters lurking around every corner.
But that’s a terrible fact to be explored another day.
As for children who feel they’re hard done by, they simply need to be reminded of just what they have - and how easily it can be taken away.