Blasts From the Past Freak Out My Kids
On our oldest kid's 11th birthday, we showed all of our kids a video of when he was a baby. And they kept focusing on one thing: Dad, is that a giant phone on your belt? That is a cellphone? Why is it so big? Why won't it fit in your pocket?
This lead to a discussion of how things have changed in the last decade and many questions about how we survived without cellphones and texting. (How did we?)
My kids have also been amazed with pay phones (why would anyone need that?); the idea of tapes (you had to flip them over?); typewriters (no memory??); and car windows that needed to be rolled down.
But the thing that they keep talking about is trying to imagine black-and-white TV. Their dad loves to regale them with stories about when he was growing up and how his parents had a black-and-white TV and he had to stand up to change the channels. They cannot understand how anyone could enjoy life while being forced to stand up and change the channel every 30 minutes.
I guess that is the modern equivalent of walking two miles to school in the snow.
While they may never know what these 13 things are, I wonder what incredible things they will tell their kids about. A decade ago we couldn't have imagined the Internet, so who knows what incredible things the next generation will have as part of their daily lives. I can only imagine what stories my kids will be telling their kids.
What stories do you tell your kids? What amazes them about your childhood technology?
Want more chaos? Last year, I wondered about taking kids to a funeral.