They Walked Five Miles to School Every Day…

…with shoes that had holes in them.

Even in the snow.

Wearing thin, hand-me-down coats.

And no umbrellas when it rained.

And they walked home for lunch every day and their mothers always – always – had a hot meal on the table for them.

And they used fountain pens because who could afford a ballpoint pen?

And they had to cut down trees and strip the bark to make paper for their notebooks.

Okay, maybe The Curmudgeon exaggerated a little on that last one, but really, don’t we get tired of people of a certain age complaining about how kids today have it too easy?  Most of those complainers would be reduced to tears if they’d had to learn in tenth grade the things kids today learn in fifth, but no, they were rougher and tougher in the olden days and they went to school when men were men and even the women were men and today’s kids are soft and we baby them too much and we’ve got a nanny society today and that’s why the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

To which The Curmudgeon declares “Poppycock!”

But that’s exactly what you find when you check out reader comments in response to a Philadelphia Inquirer article explaining that because the forecast for last Tuesday called for temperatures in the mid-nineties, public schools in Philadelphia and some surrounding suburbs would be closing at noon, or shortly thereafter, that day.

Among some of the gems from Inquirer readers:

When it got this hot, St. Agnes would only let us take our ties off.

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They sucked it up back in the 1950s. You probably didn’t have no AC at home back then either.

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It was 95 degrees every day through the Summer of 1776, but somehow they came up with a Declaration of Independence.

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Getting out early because it is too hot?  Why, it’s still going to be hot on the bus, the subway, the train, walking home, when you get home if you do not have AC…

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Whaaaaaahhhhhhh………’s hot in here.

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Bunch of sissies !

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We cracked the windows and could take our tie off when it was 95F. And the swinging of sister’s steel ruler still created plenty of breeze about the classroom.

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Didn’t have AC when I was in school either. Never got out early for high temps. Even when it was in the 90s!!

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YOU HAVE TO KIDDING ME… No wondering our kids are cupcakes are feel like they are owed something. We treat them like gods.

Sometimes it seems as if people never fail to live down to your expectations.



Author: foureyedcurmudgeon

The Four-Eyed Curmudgeon is a middle-aged male who is everything right-wing America despises: he is a big-city, ivy league-educated, liberal Jew. He currently resides in a suburb of Philadelphia. He chooses anonymity for the time being because this is his first experience blogging and he wants to get comfortable with it, and see if he likes it, before he exposes himself (figuratively speaking, of course) to the world.

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