Thursday, December 9, 2010

Its A Different World

Kaiden and I were reading a book the other evening when his mother snapped a picture.

He immediately wanted to see the picture. I couldn't help but think about how things have changed since his father was this age or when I was growing up. We didn't get to see the pictures until the roll of film was used, then taken to be developed and wait until the pictures came back. There wasn't one hour developers then. It could be weeks even months before you could take the picture.

A couple weeks ago when the kids were here, someone was wondering the name of a movie Diane Keaton had been in. One of them took out their phone and looked it up. Someone else wanted to know how late a store was open on Sundays. One of them took out their phone and looked it up. The phone we had growing up only made phone calls and it was a party line. When we first moved to our town 37 years ago we even had a party line because there were not enough lines available. Can you imagine anyone accepting that now?

I can not even imagine how things will change by the time Kaiden is grown. I only hope that in this world of instant everything, he learns that fast and convenient isn't always better; that you can't always get everything you want that's okay; that some of the old ways of doing things are still the most fun and the anticipation of waiting for something is part of the joy.


Tonja said...

Great post! It's true, what can it poswsibly be like when he graduates from college? The things we never imagined are commonplace now. It just baffles me sometimes. Yes, I remember party lines...we had them for a while. And, I remember how big a deal it was when I got my pink princess telephone for MY room. Now some folks don't even use land lines. Just use the cell all the time. What's this world gonna come up with next? Hope you are enjoying the holidays!

Jeanie said...

You are so right about the pictures. The kids these days don't know anything but digital. It will be amazing to see how things continue to change and I agree with you in hping that they still think some of the old ways are ok.

grammy said...

so true
Now I know how my Grandmother must have felt (o:
I guess it was worse for indoor bathroom...on and on. Some of that would even applyt to my Mother.
I don't think kids are all that much smarter though. The country has fallen behind in learning.