Sure you might think disposable diapers have made parenting easy and convenient, but I miss the days when you could just let the kids out on the stoop and watch your neighbors get into drunken brawls while leaning against the grate on the front window. Forget violin lessons and soccer practice: all you had to do was chill and wait for your eyebrows to meet in the middle.

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