We did without a microwave for a week or so and thought we were terribly deprived. Then I got to thinking about the days before we ever had one. I managed to feed my family (and feed them well) for twenty years or more before we got a microwave. I don't recall any complaints about my cooking or how long it took me to fix a meal.
We didn't have indoor plumbing on the farm until I was about four years old. Prior to that, we used a privy in the back yard, day or night - I guess Mom didn't like chamber pots.
We didn't have TV until I was seven. We wouldn't even have gotten it then, I'm sure, except that my uncle sold them and we got a nice discount. There was nothing on TV during the day. No morning news shows, no talk shows, no soap operas. If there was anything on during the day, it was usually an old B-Movie, westerns seemed to be the norm. There was news in the evening, but no quiz shows or other entertainment. There were three hours of "prime time" shows from 7:00pm until 10:00pm, a short nightly news program and then all night there was the test pattern and a sort of loud humming noise or just static. We thought the whole thing was just magical!
In the country, our electricity went off if someone sneezed too loud next to the wires. Every room in our house had an oil lamp.
If someone misbehaved in school, corporal punishment was the accepted norm. I myself was struck with a ruler on the back of my hand because I was talking to the little girl across th aisle from me. I was six. One of my teachers would call the miscreant to the front of the class and actually use a paddle with only a layer of underwear to soften the blows.
We got no spring break. We usually got off for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, sometimes being allowed to leave an hour early on the day before Christmas.
I was a virgin when I got married and so was my husband.
I didn't "schedule" a C-section in order to have my children when it was convenient for me.
I worked in a place that asked me on the job application whether or not I was pregnant. The place required pregnant women to leave their jobs and six months and to stay home with the baby for at least another six months. I got paid half what a man would get for the same level job.
I took in typing for 10 cents a page. I also signed up to be a volunteer for experiments carried out by the phychology department.
We had no health insurance for the first three years that we were married. During that time, I went to the doctor once. Hubby had the student clinic for free. I suppose life was hard when I was a kid, but frankly I never noticed.