Strangely enough, Sluffy, I've recently listened to Treasure Island on Audible (very well narrated by Timothy West) and thrilled to the piratical doings of old Long John and his shipmates all over again.
Can't beat a nice walk, and a talking book in your ear.
And you're right, too many kids are missing out, thanks to the lure of social media and the like, but I suppose if I were growing up now, I'd also fall prey to it.
To be honest, I'm glad I grew up when I did.
I do think we are the lucky ones in many respects.
I know every generation will claim their time as the best but I've grown up when I've not had to go to war, had an excellent and free education allowing me, someone from a poor family, to excel in a professional career that simply would not have been possible just a generation previously (my dad had to leave school early to take a job to earn money, they were that poor back then).
I've enjoyed the boom in technology, we had a black and white telly with just two channels and a old valved radio as our only technology and I even remember my mother getting her first automatic washing machine (with manglers) and her first fridge (no freezer compartment back in those days either!).
Certainly no phone - we had to use a phone box - I don't think anyone in our street had a phone - mobile ones had yet yo be invented!
On the flip side, when I look ahead for my daughter and maybe one day her children, I see the effects of global warming getting worse for everyone, the spread of misinformation and fake news dominating and controlling how people think and behave, the growing entitlement and selfishness of people in general (look how millions behaved during Covid - shocking really), the lack of trust and respect in authority, the growing Muslim religious conflicts and activism, the growing colonialism and authoritarianism control of China, the social split of activism on both sides in American politics and their respective followers and no doubt another pandemic or two. I fear for the environment and many of the animals that will be pushed to extinction.
I honestly don't see good times ahead.
Hope I'm wrong about that for my daughters sake.
Can't choose when you are born obviously but I reckon for me at least, my period was as good if not better than any before it and I think better than most that will be immediately following it too.