Change

A good friend of mine sent me a great e-mail the other day.  You know, one of those canned ones.  This one gave facts about what life was like one hundred years ago.  If the e-mail facts were true, there were things like doctors didn’t have college educations, and that only 14 percent of homes had bathtubs.  The bathtub one I have trouble with… what the heck did they do without bathtubs?  Use the local pond?    The point to all of this is that we have come a long way.  Those so called facts reminded me about a paper that I wrote in college about the home-front in America during World War II.  My point was basically the same.  I marveled about how far we have come, at the time when I wrote the paper it was about 40 years.  Back then, they didn’t have oscillators in washing machines, they had dangerous wringers.  Something that I don’t even think about when I do my laundry. 

Heck, we have changed in the last 25 years, which thinking about it makes me feel really old.  I love challenging children these days by holding up a vinyl record and asking them what they think it is.  I remember when my family felt like an up and coming family when we bought our VIC 20 personal computer.  I have no idea how we even survived on a cassette drive.  Also, I felt so cool when I bought, with my babysitting money, a Sony Walkman… a cassette player and  a radio.  It was a new concept to be able to walk around freely and listen to music with earphones on.  I wouldn’t have even dreamed that 25  years later my Sony (Ericsson)Walkman would be small enough to fit in my palm and not only include a radio, but it could fit a ton of cassette-less songs (MP3s), a camera, a phone, a pedometer, connect to the Internet… and so on. 

Did we even think that 25, 40 or even 100 years ago that we would ever have a black president?  WOW.  We have come a long way.  We think that is wonderful now, can you imagine how life will be like 25, 40 or even 100 years from now?

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3 comments on “Change

  1. nebhead says:

    Yay! Vic-20! Not sure if you noticed or not, but the home-page of http://parmeter.net is actually a nod to the Vic-20 screen. Even down to the title font. Yeah, nerdy, I know.

  2. Laura says:

    Oh, now I get it. I noticed it a long time ago, and wondered what was going on. Yeah Ben, that is nerdy, but cool.

  3. Kirstin says:

    I am often surprised by how much has changed since we were kids. My poor children have a techno-phobe mom. While other kids are playing with their Wii-fit, we are watching the re-release of season 1 of the Muppets. It’s priceless when I hear my kids say to their friends, “YOU’VE never SEEN the Muppets?!!!”.
    Ha!

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