when I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways

when I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways

A humorous phrase typically directed at someone younger than the speaker, so as to underscore challenges that the younger generation does not have to endure. The phrase has many variants, usually with more details added for increasingly outrageous emphasis, such as "I walked to school uphill both ways barefoot." Grandpa always used to tell me, "When I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both way," but I didn't believe him. Kids today are so spoiled! When I was a kid, I walked to school uphill both ways in the snow, with no shoes or jacket!
See also: both, school, uphill, walk, way
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