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‘When I was your age’ gets old, fast

October 13, 2013
By Theresa Hermann ( , The Mining Journal

I would like to open this column by analyzing the words of my ancestors: "When I was your age." When I was young(er) I would get that a lot from my cousins and uncles. They were mostly just saying it to be funny, but they were serious on that odd occasion.

The jokes included, "When I was your age, I had to walk 10 miles to get to school, uphill both ways, or something about not having cars, which I read up on they did have cars in the '70s.

The odd thing that I'm noticing is that I'm beginning to say that. I'm 15. I shouldn't be able to say "When I was your age," should I?

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For example, I can talk about life before iPads, or when the power would go out, I would be happy. I could play outside (except when the reason for the outage was lightning strikes or blizzard-like conditions), I would play with my friends, or hang out with my very best friend (my dog, Coco).

Just to make this go by quicker, I'll list some of the real things that I've said to people or things I assume I'll be saying as time goes on.

(To use for future generations)

Obviously, times have changed for all of us, but I still worry a bit about where we're headed as society. We're capable of doing so much and yet we sit behind our computers and phones all day. I feel we don't pay attention to what's really going on around us. My parents and my parent's parents didn't have half of the distractions we have now. They didn't have half the excuses either. I think all of us (myself included) should maybe take a step toward something else, something better. I'm just not totally sure what that is yet.

Editor's note: Theresa Hermann, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Senior High School. She is a member of the 8-18 Media Senior Team and she plays trumpet in the high school band. In her spare time she likes to write and make movies. She is a daughter of James and Gail Hermann. 8-18 Media is a youth journalism program of the Upper Peninsula Children's Museum. Through the program, teams of kids write news stories and commentaries on issues important to youth and about any good, or bad, things youth are up to. For more information call 906-226-7874, or email at



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