Time Moves On – 5 Things Kids Won’t Know
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People will quote the only constants in life are, “death and taxes” (I wouldn’t put it past anyone if they were both made irrelevant too). Inevitably, our children grow up, we get older and current technology becomes obsolete. I read a post, I Want To Slam The Phone Down by Gina Valley, that made me laugh and think about how quickly things change. As an “old school” father, I sometime languish for the past. I can remember things that my son will never have the joy of knowing.
As I was growing up, families actually looked forward to receiving a phone book. Every year, when a new edition arrived, you quickly opened it to make sure you still existed. It was only horrific if the phone company misspelled your name or had printed your phone number wrong (this actually happened to my family and for an entire year we had the number of a local auto mechanic).
I actually feel bad for my son, he will never know the joy of looking up names and numbers (especially the ones that they print wrong). I met some of the most interesting people because the phone company published a wrong number. In all honesty, I can’t miss the phone book entirely because we still receive one every year. Currently, our phone book is nothing more than a dust magnet and an occasional paper weight.
I am purist and a realist and I LOVE Star Wars (what’s not to love?). I am going to show my age here and tell you I saw Star Wars, for the first time, at the movies in 1977 (my uncle took me to see it when I was 8). The option to see a midnight showings or buy an advance ticket online was not available.
We went to the theater and waited in line to “hopefully” buy a ticket! Star Wars was no ordinary movie….the lines were long and you waited patiently if you wanted to see it (we waited for over 2 hours). It felt like we were living proof for the song, “I Have A Golden Ticket” when we actually had the movie tickets in our hands.
My son, lives in a different world, we print our tickets from the house. We don’t have to get to the movie theater early. He has never had to wait in line and try to bribe the people in front of him to leave so he can move up in the line quicker.
There was a time in my life that my wife and I would argue when we went on a trip (I would get lost). Being the typical male, I didn’t want to stop for directions! If I had stopped for directions that would mean defeat (and I had no intention of being defeated by not knowing where I was going). It was much more fun to drive back and forth on the highway (in a continual loop) and miss my exit 7 times (actually happened in Dallas, Texas).
My son is growing up believing that the only way to get from point A to point B is by using your cell phone. He won’t ever know the joy of arguing with your spouse and saying, “I am never lost! I know exactly where we are all the time!” (I can’t help it if the car didn’t know where we were).
I received a watch from my parents as a graduation present. It was something they looked forward to buying for me and something I still cherish. Owning a watch made a person responsible for checking that it had the correct time. It was nothing for my watch to run either to fast or to slow.
You could effectively be late or early for anything. I could even arrive late on purpose and blame my watch. Try that with an I-Phone that has exact time. Yes, you can tell your friends that your i-Phone died but who wants to tell their friends that an Apple product messed up (or you were too lazy to charge it).
Time moves faster every year between a mother and son.
I believe a black and white photo is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and can convey a stronger message than a color photo. As a boy, it was fun to look through my grandmothers photos (most of them black and white) and try to imagine the different places. A black and white photo is a moment that is frozen forever.
I enjoy photography. As a gift, I decided I would give my wife a series of photos I took of Xander and her in black and white. I thought it would be fun to include Xander in helping me. I asked him to help me pick out the photos for the gift. Xander looked at the pictures with shock and immediately asked, “What’s wrong with them?” I quickly looked and said, “Nothing is wrong with them. Why?” Xander’s eyes got bigger and he walked away from me and said, “I go get the crayons so we can fix them!”
Times change far to quickly. Children today live in an instantaneous world with everything at their fingertips. How do feel about life changing so rapidly? Is there anything from the past that you miss? Have you ever had to explain “old school” technology to your children? Tell me in the comments!!!
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