So I made my daily pilgrimage to Target this week to get groceries and I became involved in a conversation with the cashier who appeared to be all of 15 years old. We were discussing how busy the store was when the topic of discussion changed to Christmas shopping.
We were discussing how it is never a good idea to buy clothes, especially for women, because there is danger both ways in buying something too small or too large. The grocer then informed me she only buys clothes for her baby. *Cut to surprised look on my face!
She then explained a story to me where she bought her little sister some expensive boots which little sister wasn’t apparently too fond of. Instead, little sister was much happier with the new cell phone she just received. I then commented, “We must be living in a different age.”
Apparently, my idea was lost on her.
“You’re right,” she continued.
She then further explained to me how her little sister was given a certain phone when she was in the 3rd grade while she only received her first one in 5th grade. I’m assuming the phone she received wasn’t as evolved as the one her sister was given.
“I got my first cell phone when I was 22,” I explained, “and the only reason I got it is because I bought it!”
“Oh,” she exclaimed!
I”m worried about this current generation. When did we start giving things to our children of making them work to earn them? There is a certain satisfaction and appreciation with working to earn something I am afraid we are losing.