Sometimes I am given vivid reminders of how in some respects the technology my parents and I grew up with is far more similar than that of my children and I.
Here are snippets from a recent conversation with the young lord of the manor.
Son: Dad, did you go to school?
Jack: What do you think?
Son: Grandpa said that you did.
Jack: Grandpa is right.
Son: You lived with grandpa and grandma?
Jack: I did. You have seen the room that I grew up in.
Son: Did it always have a television in it?
Son: What about a computer. You had a computer didn’t you. What kind was it?
Jack: I didn’t have a computer.
Son: How did you work?
Jack: With a pencil and paper.
Son: I get it. Grandpa had the computer.
Jack: No. We didn’t get a computer until I was much older than you are now.
Son: How did grandpa work?
Jack: With a pen and paper.
Son: He didn’t type?
Jack: No, he did. He used a Smith-Corona typewriter. For a while I did too.
Son: Were you poor?
Jack: No, people didn’t have home computers.
Son: What about your phone. Did you check your email on your phone?
Jack: No. We didn’t have cell phones.
Son: So you were poor.
Jack: No. People didn’t have cell phones then.
Son:What about shoes? Did people have shoes then?
Jack: Yes. We had shoes. I always bought the pair that made me run fast.
Son: Hey! I do that too. We match.
Jack: We do.
Son: I still think that grandpa should have bought you a computer. That wasn’t nice.
Jack: He was nice, but when I was your age they didn’t make computers for people to use at home.
Son: Are you sure that you remember? You are kind of old.
Jack: Thanks, I appreciate that. Yes, I remember. We definitely did not have a computer.
Son: That must have been hard for you because you love the computer.
Jack: Nope. Since I had never used one I didn’t miss it. We’ll talk about this later. Get some sleep.