Things Change


Thought for the Week

Boomers (bought stamps for 5¢) “Well, my baby, she wrote me a letter.”

Gen-X (bought stamps for 18¢) “You must lick ’em, lick ’em good!”

Millennials (bought stamps for 34¢) “You used to lick stamps? Why?”

Gen-Z (“What’s a stamp?”) Boomer: “It goes on a letter.” Gen-Z: “What’s a letter?”

The only thing that doesn’t change is the fact that things change. And while it’s true that change isn’t always good, it’s also true that it’s always irreversible. We can’t go back to “the good old days.” But we can go forward to “the good new days.”

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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37 Responses to Things Change

  1. My sister said something about a phone book, and her 12 year-old granddaughter asked, “What’s a phone book?”

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  2. Neese says:

    A few years ago when my daughter’s car was in the shop she used a rental for the duration. Neither of her kids could figure out how to literally roll the window down which wasn’t automatic. I still use stamps and send out cards. Ugh, I’m old…

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  3. Sue Cass says:

    I still use stamps and pay my bills by mail. Okay, call me old fashion, I dislike some of these “better ways.”

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  4. Our granddaughter, age 5, will be here this weekend. I regularly send her notes through snail mail, but I wonder what she’ll think about a corner where we have a red dial phone next to a Mac Plus computer (an early one for our son), which is under a crank telephone attached to the wall.

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  5. My teenagers get nervous anytime they have to address an envelope, which is admittedly a rare occurrence, but it still comes up occasionally.

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  6. ejstoo says:

    Thing I miss most is the days when there was widespread common sense. Seems to be at a premium nowadays. Eg…police need to use the stuff they have and should not get better funding until they do….but they have stuff that isn’t working….so they have outdated stuff that doesn’t work. They need to get it started…so they’re now IT specialists and fight crime? They expect the medical people to do their jobs…yet, in one area, they are only giving them I forget…10 month or year contracts. So, here’s the thing. Let’s say that the city offers full time permanent job to a doctor and the same doctor gets a contract job offered. Which to take? You’re out of medical school, presumably ok enough to be termed doctor….the full time permanent will give you medical, health care of all sorts, money toward pension etc. The 10 month or whatever contract, what does contract give you…no health care, no holiday, no nothing. Now unless you are a not offered anything else, you’d be crazy to take a contract. If you’re not offered anything else, you’re either a saint or you have lack of logical thinking or just there until you get enough experience to be offered a job. So, tell me that common sense and health care, police, mental health etc. aren’t suffering because of lack of common sense reasoning. One place, only one person knew someone was being released…took hour to figure out that mess…just one of many examples. 1/2-3/4 of the day to be seen for a medical issue because they didn’t think it was serious. You’re Welcome. Not sure what tomorrow’s rant is going to be, but I’m sure it’ll shock and dismay anyone with common sense reasoning.

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  7. Andy Oldham says:

    Too funny, but so true!

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  8. True enough. Apart from stamps, there are all sorts of words that the current generation don’t recognise, because the books they read, insofar as they do read, don’t contain them. But this has always been true.

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  9. My experience with all the generations resembles this post! We have clients – Gen-Z – who do not read the instructions emailed to them. And if they do bring an envelope, they have no idea how to address one, nor where the stamp goes. (If you want to stump one of these kids, write instructions in cursive – it will be akin to hieroglyphics)

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  10. pkadams says:

    What good new days do you expect to see? I need something to look forward to!

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  11. murisopsis says:

    Hehe! I had to explain the concept of a “party line” phone to some Graduate students! They had no idea!!

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  12. successbmine says:

    Years ago I was at a women’s business conference and one of the speakers made a comment I have never forgotten: Change for the sake of change is counterproductive. I agree. So often things get changed simply because someone thinks it’s time for a change. Like the old saying goes, If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Some of our so-called modern gadgets don’t work as good as the old-fashioned tools did. And the sad part of that is that, unless you still have the old ones, you can no longer get them.

    Our pastor’s wife, also our youth leader, wanted the youth to pick someone in the church who needed encouragement and to send a card with a note on it. I think only one of them knew how to address an envelope. And she was not from the Western world!

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  13. Tonight at choir we’ll be singing Dylan’s The Times are a Changing – in honour of our new government. Whoopee!

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  14. Damyanti Biswas says:

    Wow, I feel so old when I see the way Gen-Z communicates. The world is changing so fast! 😀

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  15. Nancy Richy says:

    How come the Forever stamps don’t cost 5¢. Seems logical to me!

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  16. Jeff says:

    I still have some “forever stamps” that I bought at least three years ago. I don’t even use one a month.

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  17. My husband (who is 76) has collected stamps his entire adult life. I wonder what will happen to all those albums full of stamps when we check out — will someone look at them in puzzlement, decide they’re worthless, and heave them into the dumpster?

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  18. Ann Coleman says:

    Yep! We “oldies” may not always know about the new stuff, but young people are clueless about the old stuff. It all evens out, doesn’t it?

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  19. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Oh how I pray for healthy change. While at the same time ask for consistency.



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  20. 4FabFriends says:

    This hits very close to home and made me literally LOL 😂

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