Me: "Too bad, I don't think you're old enough to be responsible with a cell phone."
Child: "But I really, really want one. All of my friends have one."
Me: "That's too bad. You're still not getting one."
Child: "How old were you when you got your first cell phone?"
Me: "Umm, probably 25 or 26."
Child: <shocked, horrified look>
Me: "Okay, you can get a cell phone when you're an adult and pay for it yourself."
Even though I know it has been brought up in stories, they don't always remember that I lived in the "old days" and grew up without a gaming system, cell phone, computer, etc.
On the other hand, sometimes my perspective as a parent is brought up short by realizations of what age I did certain things.
When I was a teenager, the law was such that you could get a driver's license for daytime driving at 14. Right about the time I reached this milestone birthday, the law was changed to 16 for all driving. Then a year or so later, the law was adjusted to a daylight-only license at 15 and full driving privileges at 16. One day I was telling the kids a story about driving and mentioned that I could have gotten my license at 14. They innocently asked if I meant 14 as in how old The Artist is. That thought took me completely by surprise as I stopped to realize that yes, she is 14, the same age I could have started driving. On the heels of that thought was the realization that I am in no way ready for my children to drive. I think I'll just freeze them at 15 for the rest of their lives.
A couple weeks ago I had another perspective moment while talking with my husband. My brother had flown into town to visit and I had taken him back to the airport earlier that day. I was talking about how I hoped he'd be able to make his connecting flight and then catch the bus to get home without any mishaps. I mentioned how the only way I had the courage to send The Artist on a plane by herself last summer was because it was a non-stop flight and I knew her aunt would meet her at the airport and then put her safely on the plane for her return flight.