I think we should have to start all nostalgia stories with the words "in my day" and when you read it, you should shake your fist. I find many nostalgia stories disingenuous. I don't think they mean to be, I just think we sometimes sugar coat the past because we want it to be better than now.
I learned how to read and write music before I learned to read and write English. You might be wondering, why? Were his parents task masters? Was he a child prodigy? Was he forced to learn this? No, no and no. Why then?