Today is Google's 13th birthday. I find this amazing. I can't remember a time when I didn't use Google. However, it wasn't all that long ago apparently. When I was in high school, the internet was extremely limited. We were some of the first people to get the internet in my whole school. Then, AOL was the big thing. Even then, that wasn't until my Senior year.
Times have changed so much so quickly. I feel like I just can't keep up. From the time I started college to the time I graduated there were already so many changes. One of the big changes being cell phones. Every student entering college as I was leaving seemed to have a cell phone and was on it all the time. I could never grasp the concept of why people needed to call their roommate and tell them they were on their way home from class. My roommates all knew my schedule and if we were meeting up for something, we planned a time in advance. Even when I first moved here, I didn't have a cell phone. Now, I can't imagine life without it. Since Monster's in school, I keep my cell phone with me at all times. I talk to Husband throughout the day, which, until he got a good phone 3 years ago, I didn't do. I still don't have a high tech phone. It doesn't even take pictures. Yet, somehow, Sunshine already knows most phones take pictures. She always has me smile for pictures that she' taking with her pretend phone.
Cameras are something else that have changed by leaps and bounds. When I entered college, I was an Advertising Photography major. I was able to develop my own film, adjust shutter speeds, etc. Now, kids don't understand if they can't see the picture right away. Five years or so ago I took pictures of my nieces and they were very upset when I wouldn't show them the pictures. They had no idea that cameras were ever made that you couldn't see the pictures right away. At least the girls got a chance to see a camera with film. My children will never see one.
Everything has become electronic...technical. It's all become so fast paced. Most of the time we don't even think about it. We just adapt to the changes and pick our pace to go along with it. What happened to lazy days? Not a day goes by that I don't check my email. I feel extremely out of touch because I don't have text messaging. There are people I know who can't even enjoy an evening out without constantly being on their phones calling, texting, surfing the web. It's sad. At least once a week, I try to shut everything off. I try to take it back to just being about family and the kids. It's crazy how difficult that really is. I'd say that I'd take the rest of today off, but Husband is gone and the computer is our source of communication. So, instead of creating an unrealistic goal, I will say, I'm going to take a break. Until this evening, we're back to the basics. No TV. No computers. No phones. Just Mommy