Thursday, February 18, 2016
I love things that are familiar. There is comfort in being around the same things and doing each task in the same way. When new technology is introduced to the public, it is hard to add them to our lives. Something about the familiar and the old ways starts to get lost.
I have a hard time with cell phones, DVD players, computers, and even microwaves, in our modern lives!
Years ago, a microwave was not a common sight in kitchens. We heated our food in the oven, or on the stove top. Popcorn was made in a sturdy pot, with a little oil, and shaken over a flame. Now it is most commonly made in a microwave. It was not long before the microwave was accepted by many homemakers and brought into their kitchens. I, on the other hand, hesitated. It was not until I was married for over 20 years before I finally decided to let a microwave into my kitchen. (gentle smiles) I realized that as my children were becoming adults and had all kinds of work and class schedules, it would be easier for them to reheat their dinner at whatever hour they were home, by using the microwave. But I will tell you that I never use it myself, unless I am heating up water for a bottle, or using the built- in timer.
The other night I was watching a program on DVD. Somehow the picture froze and I had to get one of the children to help me fix it. I have no idea how to set up a DVD player, or how to make it work. Flat screen televisions, which have become very common today, also scare me. The screens are so large, I have trouble adjusting to the vision before me. It also makes a home look entirely different than it did when television sets were built into pretty furniture. It is less cozy.
When my older children started buying cell phones, I thought it was a wonderful invention for them. It was wonderful for me to be able to call them anytime, no matter where they were in their daily activities. I worried less about them, knowing they had a phone on their person at all times. But a phone for me? That was unheard of! I had a house phone. I remember using a rotary phone only a few years ago. I love the old fashioned feel of those old phones. We also had those long cords where you could only go so far in the house, perhaps making it to the stove to stir dinner, while talking to a family member on the phone. Why on earth would I need a cell phone and the high bill that seemed to come with it? Then an incident happened late last year, a health crisis of a family member in another state, and suddenly I had to travel by airplane. I thought it would be best to get one of those cell phones since payphones in public are almost non-existent now. The children taught me to text and make calls and now I understand this need for technology and am very grateful for it!
As for computers, they seem to wear out and need to be replaced. I have two broken down computers (including a second- hand laptop) which I am struggling to use for writing. I dearly need a new one. I have needed a new one for years, as these computers keep getting worse. But I cannot understand all the new ones they are currently selling. The price of them is outrageous and so hard to come up with enough to pay for one. All I want to be able to do is write on this blog and do simple things like that. It is too bad they dont' sell one specifically for homemakers. . . at a gracefully low price. (gentle smiles) I would want a pretty, old fashioned design to complement the gentle decor of my old home. I would want simple software like Microsoft word and Windows to make my life easier. And it wouldn't hurt if the computer was a pretty shade of pink.
I should also mention cars. Some of my children can hold their car keys by the window and start their cars from inside the house! It is shocking! We can now even unlock the car doors by pushing a button on the key chain. There are digital numbers and words on our dashboards, suggesting that we turn on our headlights, or telling us road conditions. Some vehicles even tell us the temperature outside. This is very helpful in the cold winters here in Vermont.
Technology can be a wonderful thing. It is just hard to let go of the old familiar way of life, and learn how to adapt to modern inventions. Some will certainly make our lives easier. But, sadly, other things cause life to be less simple - less peaceful.
From the Archives -
Please don't become one of these - Ex Housewife.
Such happy days - Cleaning House with Baby.
Financial hard times - When There isn't Much.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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