Monday, November 30, 2009

Old-fashioned missing pieces

It's not often that I consciously think about the now-considered "old fashioned" things I grew up with. It was just a part of my world. How things used to be. My experiences.

While we were in Minnesota on our spontaneous 2,600 mile trip last month, we stayed with Grammy and Grampy, my in laws. It had been over 2 years since we had been there, and Jimmer remembered less about the house than I expected. He did recall they had a basement which was to be considered a kids-only wonderland while they were there. Basements are novelties to kids raised in Texas!

One morning while we were having breakfast, I drew open the drapes in the dining room. Jimmer put his spoon down, and with dropped jaw he asked how I did that to the curtains. He was totally enthralled with the "mechanical" drapes! He asked me to pull back the curtains so he could see the curtain pulleys. Again--he was totally fascinated!

In this photo are the drapes of interest.

I didn't realize that the kids hadn't seen (or at least noticed) draw drapes before. Hmmm...our house only has blinds, roman shades, and decorative curtains (that don't close).


Then, after we returned home and Jimmer celebrated his 7th birthday, he was excited to get a check that he had to cash. HE wanted to make a big deal about going to the bank to cash it himself. He wanted to go inside the bank...because he didn't remember ever being in a bank before. Really? I went into the bank a couple of times with the kids--maybe 3 years ago! After I thought about it, I realized that it had been at least 2 years since I had entered a bank.

When was the last time you walked into a bank?

Anyway, Jimmer was unusually excited about going to the bank.

Joe took him to cash his check, and when they returned, I asked if he got to go into the bank. He said, "Yes, but I thought banks had a lot of shelves with a bunch of money on them. It didn't."

Interesting. Another missing piece.

I started thinking about other missing pieces from the past. Using cash or writing checks instead of the current mode of swiping plastic or paying online that our kids now see. Maybe that's why Jimmer was so interested in going to the bank--to see REAL money!

Dial phones (and of course, we had a laborious "0" in our number...that I still remember: 445-2053). Our kids don't even think of the dial phones when they think of an old fashioned phone. They think about the old phones from "pioneer" days with the separate ear and mouth piece.

They think of reel-to-reel or vinyl records, but not the 8-track or cassette tapes.
Again, missing pieces.

So, it seems that the kids either think of the new technology we have today or they think back to the really old times. And they miss some pieces in between. Jimmer even asked if we had electricity, running water, or horseless carriages when I was growing up!

Hmmm...what other "missing pieces" have I forgotten?


mrs boo radley said...

TVs that you had to STAND UP AND WALK OVER TO if you wanted to change the channel!

Funny how life has gotten so much "easier"...and how I never know anyone's phone number any more because it's programmed in my phone!

Angela said...

How about CORDED phones? we don't even have a phone in our whole house that is corded? We'd be in trouble if the power went out! Oh, wait- nevermind... that's what CELL phones are for! hehehehe

Kristin said...

Laura, you are so in sync with what I was thinking lately. One of my friends told me that she and her four-year-old son were contemplating his Christmas list. When she suggested they mail Santa his list, her son said, "Can't we just text him?!?"

Kris said...

Just curious...what would be our kids' reaction if we said they sounded like a broken record? Looks like that expression will forever fade into the Brewer's Book of Phrase and Fable.

Anonymous said...

Love your story and your blog. I'm a math teacher at Homestead Senior High School in Florida and came across your site looking for pictures "old" phones (all my kids truly know is the cell industry). Your blog has given me much more than a picture of an "old" phone for my lesson. Here is the quote that prompted my search:
“The job of the younger generation is to find solutions to the solutions found by the older generation.”
Thanks again and have a FANTABULOUS day!

Best Regards,
Rogelio (Roy) Delgado