Being a kid was pretty great. We got to play all the time, we had no bills, and our responsibilities were limited to making our beds. However, we never appreciated it at the time. Instead we would whine and complain all about how tragic our lives were and how unfair everything was. There were so many things that the mean adults would do that made our lives just totally awful and it's hard to understand how we survived.
Some things were pretty brutal, so if you are brave enough to relive the trauma, check out the list below. Next time tells you that you have had it easy remind them of all of these things, then they will know just how much you've struggled.
1. Bashing your knuckles on the wall while sharpening pencils
Yes of course it was smarter to bring in your own pencil sharpener, but sometimes it broke or got left at home so you were stuck using the one that was at the front of the class on the wall. You had to turn that crank pretty quickly if you wanted it to sharpen properly and without fail you would end up bashing your knuckles into the wall. One of the most painful things!
2. When the teacher would say no gel pens
You have the write to creative expression! Who cares if you can't read a word of what this says, just assume it's the right answers.
3. Trying to find books in the card catalog
Librarians go to school of years to figure those out and we were expected to know how to use them as 12 years olds?
4. Trying to get enough information out of the Encyclopedia for a report
We didn't have google, we didn't have Wikipedia, and as mentioned before, finding a bunch of different books was tricky because of the card catalogs. Most of the time we would pull out the ol' Encyclopedia and try to turn a short entry into the entire paper we needed to write.
5. When you don't get to use your favorite scented marker because the color won't work
No one wants a licorice scented marker.
But sometimes it was sounds that caused us problems...
6. When the teachers fancy chalk holder would scratch the board and the noise would send shivers down your spine
It still does... Just thinking about it. Metal scratching against a chalkboard is perhaps the worst noise ever.
7. Losing one of the little pieces of your push pencil so it became garbage
Unless you were clever enough to save some old ones so you could replace them, these pencils were tricky. We instead got too annoyed and depressed that our favorite pencil was ruined and would just throw the whole thing out.
8. When you played with a friend's cootie catcher and it didn't give you the future you wanted
What's even the point if it won't just let you win?
9. Dropping your plastic pencil case and it exploding EVERYWHERE
Why did we all buy these? They were not effective or efficient. They constantly flipped open and spilled the contents out everywhere.
10. The horrific chairs that were full of issues
Problem #1: They were super uncomfortable
Problem #2: They were always full of static
Problem #3: They always made us stack them up which would result in our fingers getting crushed
Problem #4: If they were leaned in too much they would break a bit and get this weird little bend. Then every time you try to lean on the back support it would completely let go and you would feel like you were falling.
Problem #5: They weren't always the most sturdy and have been known to have their legs give out without warning.
It's really just impressive we all made it out alive huh? Share to let people know you survived!