Yet another piece of my childhood is being torn away. There will no longer be a prize at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks.
My grandson will not get to experience the excitement of dumping out all the sugar coated popcorn and peanuts, grabbing the little bag and opening it to see what prize he won. No more tiny plastic rings or little plastic boats that will end up in the trash a day later.
The world will never be the same again! What will they take away next? The decoder ring inside a box of cereal? The plastic records they used to have on the back of cereal boxes that you could cut out and play on your record player? Oh, wait… Those things are already gone. This generation won’t even know what a CD player is, much less a record player.
While we’re on the topic of things that are becoming extinct, why aren’t cassette players and DVD players on the list of endangered species? Isn’t it discrimination to keep them off just because they aren’t living things? And let’s not even get into the Betamax.