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Sunday, September 24, 2017

AGE of Electronics

For three days, we had been travelling across the country with a one-year-old.
It was a wonderful, educational, exhausting time.
And I learned something about electronics.
Yes. I said electronics.
Maybe I should explain . . .
First, a little background.
Kids now seem to have an affinity for anything ‘electronic’.
If I have any problems with my computer or anything that attaches to the wall with a plug or adapter, I hit ‘control-alt-delete’. Then shout for my son or son-in-law.
They hit a couple of keys and I’m once more off and running.
And these abilities start at a very early age.
Our four-year-old grandson watched his father type in the password for his computer, then load and play a game.
Only watched, mind you.
A few days later, his mother walked into the family room and found her son playing his father’s game.
I should mention that this is a bang-bang, shoot-shoot game, but not spectacularly gory or detailed.
“Hey!” she said. “How did you get on there?!”
The son giggled and fled.
A short time later, his mother called his father at work.
“You left your computer on!” she said.
“No, I didn’t.”
“Well, you must have! I just caught our son on your game!”
There was silence on the other end of the line. Then, “I haven’t been on the computer for days,” he said. “The computer would have long gone to sleep.”
“Well then how . . .?”
“He had to have watched me type in the password.”
“But he’s only four!”
“It’s the only explanation.”
“Huh.”
Now, back to today . . .
Compared to our one-year-old, our four-years-old is . . . old.
And this incident, I watched, seated beside said one-year-old in the back seat of the car.
She grabbed her mom’s cell phone.
Flipped it over.
Switched it on.
Slid the lock.
And immediately started punching buttons, rearranging some, cancelling others.
All as fast as you could blink.
Faster, even.
Electronics.
So simple, even a child could do it . . .
This Gramma needs help.
Is there a child out there?
And she's good with other things as well!




8 comments:

  1. Scary isn't it? The wee man likes to play games too. I offered to get him set up to play and he said, "it's okay gramma.....I got it".

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  2. I have a flip phone ... which is now a dinosaur. I'm thinking of getting a smart phone just to try to keep up with technology, not because I need another reason to be hunched over a screen :)

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  3. P. S. That is such a sweet picture of the little ones!!

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    1. Er ... which has been replaced with a sweet picture of ONE little one!

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  4. Truth. I have been left a looooooong way behind.

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  5. I am so far behind, you can't even see me in the distance behind our modern children. The one thing that makes me smile - thinking of when my son has children.

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  6. That's a very good reminder to keep my cell phone out of reach of tiny hands. I just barely know how to use it myself. If someone rearranges things in there, I have no hope of sorting it out.

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