I finally understand how my parents felt about technology. My mother would brag to her friends that she didn’t need a computer; she had me to look up things for her. Her friends might have thought that just calling me to look something up was still using technology, but of course, Mom being Mom just poo-pooed that.
She would call me a few times a week to look up this, that or the other thing. Then she would tell her friends that I was her ‘technology.’ To be honest, I got a kick out of her calling me to look things up. It was her way of being in the know without having to deal with technology herself. It still makes me laugh when I think about it.
The funny is that I still don’t always know how to work everything on my computer; it’s a ‘guess and by golly’ deal with me. When we went to visit our granddaughters last week, Ava (the oldest) showed me her laptop from her school. Since the girls aren’t exactly going to school, they are given laptops and do their studying at home.
It didn’t take long before I realized that Ava already knows far more about her computer than I know about mine. Honestly, the kids today that grow up with technology are amazing. I can’t wait to see how they make their way in the world knowing all they know at their tender ages.
Ava, being the kind person she is, accepts my inability to learn more about technology. So she asked for my email address, and since I actually DO know how to run that, we are good to go and can stay in touch. What’s amazing to me (and humbles me greatly) is that clever and kind young girl actually enjoys being with me.
At this time of my life, I am both glad and grateful that my granddaughters put up with me being the fuddy-duddy on technology that I am.