Can Be Good!
Envy when taken to extremes is a bad thing. Envy, by definition, is a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions etc. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins. People will say they are “green” with envy. We all have envy at some point. Honestly, I can say I have electronic envy!
Now you are probably asking what is electronic envy? I will tell you, it means I covet electronics. I am a geek dad by heart and when I see someone get a new I-phone, I-pad, 3D-TV or any other type of gadget, I want it!! I don’t dislike the person for getting it but I certainly do dislike that I don’t have the item myself.
It seems now my 3-year-old son is following along the same path. We can go somewhere and someone will be playing with an electronic device and he will start telling me, “I need it! Let me have it, please! I want it!” Electronic envy is not a quality that I tried to instill in my son. Evidently, my son sees my own actions of “I want” and feels that newer, might mean better (figuratively of course!)
All of these new gadgets are wonderful. I know they help guide us towards a better tomorrow. Parents today are responsible to keep up with technology because of the rapid developments. If we don’t our children will pass us by. In some ways having newer and newer gadgets makes me sad, there are many things my son will never know.
1. Black and white television – The first set my family ever owned was a black and white Magnavox television. Color TV’s were available but far to expensive to own. The one we owned had an added bonus of having a built-in LP player and radio! The television would often be turned off and the radio playing instead. I learned everything I know about Elvis Presley because of our television with a built-in radio/LP and my mother.
2. Life without cable – We had three basic channels and used an antenna (covered in tinfoil) One of my jobs, when I was my son’s age, was to help move the antenna. If I was lucky, I could stand on one foot with my arm stretched skyward and help us to receive better reception (occasionally I even got to stay in the room and watch television while doing this!). The television actually went off after 10:30 at night because there were no broadcast and the stations went to test patterns.
3. Film – Unless you had a Polaroid you took pictures and had to use the entire roll of film before you had it developed. If you were lucky a Kodak roll of film that had 24 shots would actually give you 27 or 28. You took it to the local drugstore (where everyone knew you) and dropped it off for development. When you finally got it back you could laugh at the pictures that just didn’t come out quite right. Looking back at some of the old pictures now, I know my family has more developed pictures of elbows, knees and bottoms than they do of actual people.
4. Letters – I will never forget how excited I was because my grandmothers would send me letters or cards. Okay, they often had money in them too but the fact is I was waiting at the mailbox almost everyday! Now, I can’t actually recall the last time we received a letter from someone. It’s easier and quicker for people to send e-mails. Electronic envy had me on bulletin boards talking to people long before there was a true internet (I was using a commodore 64 with tape back-up)
5. Gas guzzlers – The first vehicle I ever owned was a 1984 Ford F-150 pick-up. It had a V-8 engine and I happily got 7 miles to the gallon. I didn’t care that I could literally watch the gas gauge go down. Gas was under a $1.00 a gallon and I could fill the tank up for around 10$ more than once a week.
Life goes on and times change. Like my son, electronic envy hit me at young age. I wanted the newer toys and better gadgets. Newer innovations made me easily give up the black and white TV, antennas, film, letters and gas guzzlers. I know that things are better now but I still find it sad that he won’t get to know first hand some of the older innovations. The original gadgets that I fell in love with that gave me my electronic envy. I am almost certain someday when he is talking to his children they will laugh about today’s “better electronics.” Hopefully, he will be able to associate some of his electronic envy to good family memories and simpler times.
Be sure to check out Andi-Roo at TheWorld4Realz who is writing about a month of controversy in the A to Z +1 August blogging challenge with me! Today is the letter “E” for electronic envy.
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