ok my favorite example of older generations not understanding young people was when I won an art competition.
Some background: this was a high school competition hosted by a retirement community. Our art teacher made us enter so i just used the best piece i had on hand, which happened to be about alzheimer’s, with a portrait of an old lady being the main focus. kinda a shoe-in for a prize.
a couple years ago my friend got an honorable mention at this thing. and she got 25 bucks. the places went: honorable mention (like 20 of them) third place (like 5-10), second place (5 ish?), first place (3-2), and best in show (1) I got best in show so I was psyched about getting quite a bit of money if an honorable mention was $25
turns out they replaced it with a gift basket. Now probably the best gift you can give a high school art student is money. siding that maybe a gift card to like michaels. And if you really want a basket then food. or nice art supplies.
heres what i got (to the best of my memory):
1) a bag of chex mix. yay.
2) a box of just normal-ass chocolate chips. why??
3) some other food items, including a bag of microwave popcorn, knockoff pirouettes, and three (3) lindt chocolates.
4) a puzzle. of cherries.
5) coloring pencils. Like crayola quality.
6) those really bad paintbrushes you use in like 1st grade.
7) a coloring book. Not an adult coloring book but not a child’s one. One you’d give to a 9 year old who wants to do an adult one but would get tired in .2 seconds.
8) some sort of magnet for decorating lockers??
10) a wine glass. Im not kidding. They put a fucking wine glass in a gift basket for a high school kid.
you know, items The Youth are interested in.