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Old June 25th, 2011, 01:46 PM
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When I was a boy if you were between the ages of 12 and 14 its very likely that your parents gave you a fountain pen for your birthday and you were thrilled to get one . I recall getting a portable radio when all my friends were getting Estabrook fountain pens and how unhappy I was. Imagine a boy today receiving a pen as a present .
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I remember getting a Parker pen and pencil set when I was 10 years old.
I was very happy with it and none of my schoolmates had a pen as nice as mine.
We did not have much in those days, but we sure enjoyed what we had.

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I liked my Cross set. I had the ball point and pencil set, and matching roller ball.
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Thre is a lot to be said about "our generation". Very few of us were indulged with every toy or electronic gaget. Our grandchildren feel " a sense of entitlement". Parents have got to set limits "buying" for their children so they can learn to appreciate a great gift like a "pen".
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My grandchildren can't believe that I never had as a child :an I-Pad ,a portable DVD player ,a cell phone ,etc .
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Thre is a lot to be said about "our generation". Very few of us were indulged with every toy or electronic gaget. Our grandchildren feel " a sense of entitlement". Parents have got to set limits "buying" for their children so they can learn to appreciate a great gift like a "pen".
I agree with you. Sad to say, but today's kids are growing up spoiled.

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I agree with you. Sad to say, but today's kids are growing up spoiled.

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Not all kids, sadly

Look at the broader view of the world, and there are MANY MORE kids doing without, and who have nothing, than there are spoiled kids.

It's mostly in the "western world" where everyone wants things.
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Kuki,

You of course are right but I think it goes without saying that the comments of the above posters are about children in the western world, specifically the United States. I don't know about Canada but would guess it's a similar situation.

As a nation, we overindulge our children to such a degree that especially in this economy, we are in effect, setting them up for a very rude awakening when they become young adults and leave the nest. Many parents are in a way, re-enforcing an entitlement mentality without realizing it.

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I don't think my parents gave me a pen set, but they did give me Samsonite luggage when I graduated from high school. Think how much luggage itself has changed since 1956!

I remember an Esterbrook pen, though. I think I bought it myself when I started to learn Gregg Shorthand.

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Cruisin k and j, I got my first piece of Samsonsite luggage when I was sixteen, back in 1964, and I got it with Green Stamps! Remember the days when we all redeamed Green Stamps for what we wanted?
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I usually received a lump of coal!

I never received any luggage. If I had, they would have told me to pack it and leave.

Back , during the depression, when I grew up nobody seemed to have very much. However, my sister and I aways had love, a warm bed and enough food to eat. That's about all that anyone could ask for. Our parents always managed to give us something we wanted for Christmas.
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Cruisin k and j, I got my first piece of Samsonsite luggage when I was sixteen, back in 1964, and I got it with Green Stamps! Remember the days when we all redeamed Green Stamps for what we wanted?

I don't recall ever collecting Green Stamps .However ,I recall during WWII my parents having a ration book and ration stamps to buy food.
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Henry, my mother-in-law, may she rest in peace, still had some rationing books from World War II. Our generation seems to have a "vague idea" of how rationing affected the daily lives of the american population. Only the wealthy were able to garner things on the "black market".
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when I was a teenager during the summer I worked in a Grand Union supermarket (east coast chain) bagging groceries ..when an attractive female wearing a sundress (or swimsuit) was in my line, I would secretly slip into their bag, triple green stamps (store policy was double green stamps on wednesday's only..I gave triple green stamps everyday)...i think the females caught on and would stand in my line when the other cashiers had no one

my Dad gave me a really nice cross pin with my initials on it for my high school graduation...I still have it and will give to my grandson one day, who will probably try to use it as a pointer on his Apple IPAD2 ::
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Venice, at least you have heard of Green Stamps; it was a great incentive to go to supermarkets that gave them!
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I well remember Green Stamps of course but later there was a competitor and I think they were called Top Value or something such as that. I remember they were yellow.

Anyone remember 'em?

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I remember going to the "Gold Bond Stamps" redemption center and my Mom purchasing a new Singer sewing machine. The best part was that she never learned how to use it but my Dad did. He could always out sew my mother.

Todd: I think Gold Bond Stamps are what you are referring to.

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"Look at the broader view of the world, and there are MANY MORE kids doing without, and who have nothing, than there are spoiled kids." Sad but very true..
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