when I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways

when I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways

A humorous phrase typically directed at someone younger than the speaker, used 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 in the snow." Grandpa always used to tell me, "When I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways," but I didn't believe him. Kids today are so spoiled! When I was your age, 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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