Back in My Day Part 1

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Back in My Day by Kanaeda Tipene

My dad's always telling us how easy we've got it these days. When we beg him for five more minutes in bed, he always says, "Back in my day, we never slept in. We were up before the sun to do our chores. We had to milk the cows, feed the animals, collect eggs from the chickens, and cut firewood for the fire. We had to do all that before we even got ready for school."


When we ask him to hurry up in the bathroom, he always says, "Back in my day, we didn't have a toilet like the one you've got today. My dad built us a toilet outside our house. It had a really big hole in the middle, and there was no button to flush everything away. When I was six, one of the families in our town installed a flushing toilet, and we'd go to their house all the time just to see it flush."


Whenever we ask for a new pair of shoes, he always says, "Back in my day, we didn't have shoes. We had to walk everywhere in bare feet, and during winter when our feet got cold, we'd stand in cow patties to warm them up."


Whenever we ask him for a ride to school, he always says, "Back in my day, we never had cards. If we didn't walk to school, we'd ride our horses. I had a brown horse with a white diamond shape on its forehead, and it was so big my brothers and I could play cards on its back."


Whenever we ask him if we can play on the computer, he always says, "Back in my day, we never had those electronic games you kids play. My brothers and I found our own fun playing outside. We'd ride the sheep, chase the chickens, make huts in the trees, build sandcastles on the beach, and make guns out of sticks. We had our own adventures."


Whenever we ask him to change the channel, he always says, "Back in my day, we never had television. We'd sit on the floor by the kitchen table and draw on old newspapers while Mum listened to her stories on the radio. We loved that time of day because secretly we liked listening to the stories on the radio, too."


Whenever we moan about having a shower, he always says, "Back in my day, we never had a shower. We had a big tub that we had to wash in. My mum would warm the water in a pot on the fire, and the tub would take a long time to fill. In summer, she'd send us down to the river, and we'd have a bath there."


My dad's always telling us how easy we've got it these days. But when we ask him if we can stay up a bit later than usual, he doesn't answer. He's sound asleep in his big, comfy armchair.