Friday, August 20, 2010
I got an iphone this week. I know, fancy, right! Anyway, that's not really what this post is about. While setting up the phone (does anyone else find the process of choosing ringtones annoying?) the kids came in and wanted to hear the ringtone. I'd chosen the tone called "old phone," it sounds like...duh...an old phone circa 1950-80 ringing. So I played the ringtone and all 3 kids laughed and said, "What's that supposed to be?"
That's when I realized they have never heard a phone with a bell ringer! I shouldn't be surprised because we've not had a "landline" in all the time they can remember. But still, it's a shock to the system to be reminded of how much things have changed just within my lifetime. Both sets of my grandparents had those heavy, black rotary dial phones. In fact, until I was a teenager my Granny had a "party line." The old lady who shared the line was ALWAYS on the phone! Could you imagine that today? It's not like this is ancient history we're talking about; I'm not THAT old. (Shut it! I hear that snorting and snickering!)
My children have never lived without cellphones, video games, satellite TV and the Internet. They are very savvy, not only technologically so but also environmentally and gastronomically. They remind ME to turn off lights and not to run the water when I brush my teeth. They sigh and shake their heads whenever they see people clearing land and cutting down trees. They question the origin of their hamburgers' beef and want to know if their fruit is organic. I'm amazed at their sophistication -- I did not teach them a lot of this stuff -- they are just products of their era.
Of course, they are still kids (thankfully). They ride bikes, play outside, run in the house, and jump on the furniture. At the same time I marvel at the differences in our childhoods, I smile at the similarities. It all makes me wonder...what will they live through? What will their children never live with and without?
PS -- I'm not daft, I know this is not a perfect time we're living in, but I know there is more good than evil. I would drown in fear if I thought about all the chaos, hate, and danger prowling today. You can say what you will, but I choose to focus on the positive in the hopes that I can increase the amount of good, beauty, and love in the world.