Rattus and Ellen, you are both so very right about that. But as long as we just miss them with good fond memories rather than think life itself was better, we're ok.
We have to remember that we viewed (& remember) those days with innocent child's eyes. What did we know about being able to pay the bills, etc.?
We didn't have many problems, except maybe we forgot our homework, or our sibling is picking on us.
I personally don't know how I lived without Google!!! I truly love having instant access to any answer I want to know.