Saturday, August 3, 2013

How did you survive?

I went into the girls' room early one morning and found them staring at the same tablet. I asked what game they were playing. They replied they were looking for dogs on Adopt-a-pet.

A light bulb went off in my head. Their tablets give them constant Internet access. I realize they also had it on their iPods, but they didn't seem to realize it. I never saw them on the Internet on their iPods. With their tablets we've let them play on their favorite gaming sites and do some research. Of course they have Internet access.

It was a "duh" moment for me.

At breakfast Daddy had a conversation with the girls about Internet safety and letting us know the websites they visited, especially if they went to a new site. The brunette twin said, "Did you have to do that when you were little?"

Casually I said, "We didn't have the Internet when I was your age."

Both girls looked shocked. With wide eyes the blond twin said, "How did you survive?"

Daddy and I laughed as we went through the other things we didn't have --cordless telephones, remote control TV, our own bathroom, etc. The girls couldn't believe we survived under such primitive conditions.

They asked a lot of questions. It was quite a history lesson for them. Finally the blond twin said, "I just don't understand how you survived that way."

We just smiled, smug with the knowledge that some day she'll tell her children about tablets and iPods and MP3 players. Those kids will have that same stunned look as they ask their parents how they survived. It's the technology version of "the circle of life."

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