Friday, June 15, 2007

Kids these days


It's cold again today. Big news, huh? It's winter in Melbourne and it's cold in the mornings. This morning was slightly warmer than yesterday, with the temp only dropping to 0.5 degrees. It's 9:00am and things are looking up - it's now a positively balmy 2.9 degrees. And foggy. Where did that come from? There was no fog when I opened the curtains at 7:30. I weakened and left the heating on overnight, not something I do often, due to the scary winter gas bills that always eventuate. Blankets and warm jarmies are cheaper.

There was a point to this....what was it again? Oh yeah. The Baby has been wimping out of riding his bike to school and cadging a lift with his mate Ben the last few days. This morning, Ben calls and they decide that they're actually going to ride. So, he dons a beanie under his bike helmet, kisses me goodbye and heads out the back door. A minute later he's back, in tears. Of course I assume he's had a near-fatal accident or something, but no. He's crying because it's TOO COLD TO RIDE TO SCHOOL. Honestly, I wonder what kind of generation we're raising when a cold winter morning is such a drama.

When I was his age, I didn't have the luxury of a lift to school when I felt like it. We only had one car and Dad always drove that to work, way too early for us to grab a ride. So we walked, rain, hail or shine. Cold? He thinks this is COLD? I remember winter mornings, when my friends and I would be breaking the ice on the puddles with our (non-waterproof) shoes.

Ah yes, the good old days....I can just imagine my kids rolling their eyes. When I was your age, I walked 18 miles to school, up a mountain, in the snow, carrying a horse on my back, barefoot over broken glass.....

Oh, and The Baby? I buttoned up his jacket, wiped his tears, told him not to be such a sook and made him ride anyway. Because that's the kind of caring mother I am.

15 comments:

Debstar said...

You made him ride to school in 0 degrees! Poor little chook send him to me, I'll look after him until he turns 15. We NEVER have stupid temperatures like 0 degrees.

Kek said...

Don't exaggerate, Deb - it wasn't ZERO degrees, it was 0.5 ABOVE zero.

Geez, it's a 2km ride - takes about 12 minutes! I'm sure nothing will freeze and snap off in that amount of time.

ms_attitude said...

Hehe, a woman after my own heart... what doesn't kill him will make him stronger...remind him of that, and he'll thank you in years to come..(maybe! or was that scarred for life?) ;-) see you can see why I don't have children!
LOL My mum grew up in the Harz Mountains in East Germany..and she literally traipsed about 20 miles to school..in the snow...having to go through a paddock with a black stallion in it that used to chase her.. you can see there would have been NO sympathy in my household!

Bruce said...

I personally like "18 miles in the snow, uphill both ways" ;)

I nearly had some tears myself this morning, just because STANDING outside was too cold! Well ok, I didn't nearly have tears, but I definitely whinged.

Kek said...

Uphill both ways? LOL...funny.

Caroline, I aim to breed 'em tough!

Lyn said...

I had to chuckle at your post today. You are a woman of my own heart!! I have said the same thing to my kids (and yes cringed as I heard my own mothers voice in my words)

Chris H said...

Bloody good for you mother! I would have done the same, maybe! Maybe I would have taken him in the car too? Dunno! I had to walk to catch a bus every morning... the walk was about 3 kms to the bus... in the freezing cold and sometimes even snow! So in my day...... ha ha ha.

LizN said...

You are too funny Kek. Though there is a serious undertone to this. Kids do seem to be mollycoddled more these days ;)

Hugs
Liz)

Sara said...

We had two options.. ride a bike to the bus-stop (a good long ride) or ride a horse to school no matter what the weather and there was quite a bit of snow in Oxford (Nth Canterbury, Sth Island, NZ).
I do wonder about the poor teachers that had to teach a class full of damp children that smelled of horse.
;)

Sara said...

Kek, bargain with Deb. Maybe she'll be willing to take him until he's 27.

;)

Kek said...

Ooh, perhaps I can palm the eldest one off on Deb....mind you, he's a long way past the cute stage.

Livy said...

You are one funny woman. What can I say?

Debstar said...

I'm taking nothing that goes over the age of 15 and even that's pushing it a smidgeon.

27!!! Only if he looks like Brad Pitt

Amy said...

oops, I just realised I left my comment as "Bruce". An alter ego for baiting nigerian scammers... er... nevermind.

Hann said...

Aahh, poor thingy, but I agree I probably would have done the same. I would love for my kids to ride their bikes to school but it's 30min drive away by car!!! so there is no way they can via high ways and all. At least they play soccer and dance to keep their activities up.
Where I grew up it was so cold that if you left a sprinkler on during the night the next morning you can go and see all the ice hanging from the trees.

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