As I near the birth of my first child, I begin to wonder what will be her “analogue.”
I have many long lived members of my family. Octogenarians, Nonagenarian and even a few Centenarians number in my family line. As a someone born in the 1970’s, I have already seen so much change. Eight-Tracks players were still a car option when I was born.
My Great-Grandfather was born 15 years after the American Civil War and 2 years after Einstein. He managed his fields for many years with horse team. I used to spend my summers at his farm and he shunned anything he did not raise or grow on his table. His food did never came from a plastic package. In his 101 years of life here are a few things that happened.
-electricity in homes
-the safety razor
-Space travel capable of reaching the moon
-the first home computer
He had electricity put in his new house, after a fire in the 1960’s and he only had a transistor radio and a bible he read over and over as his entertainment. His radio was reserved for the farm news report and a gospel program once a week. He read that bible from cover to cover dozens of times. A phone was put in when my aunt moved in to keep him company in his 90’s.
My grandmother was born before World War I, she took a horse and buggy to a small school house and had dreams of being a school teacher before a law was passed her last year of school requiring college degrees for educators. She had the same black rotary phone on her wall till her death in 1998. She had a black and white TV till 1980.
I grew up with all these analog items, my friends giggled while I dialed out and waited for the clicks to finish the number. I may not have know what color the cool new toy was because I saw it first on grandma’s B&W tv. I grew up playing cards and puzzles for entertainment at my grandma’s while my friends had Atari’s then Nintendos. (Can you also tell we are slow adopters?) I still enjoy a good book over a tv sitcom.
My great-grandfather thought TV was a waste of time, could he image we could have access to libraries of knowledge in the palm of our hands? The same device that would have encompassed all my grandmothers books, and her TV, phone, and camera?
What will pass in my baby’s time? Will this desk top computer be her analogue. Will the keyboard be antiquated like my ability to write in cursive/script? Will there be 2-D anything? I can only guess what she will find fun and quirky from the past. At least she will have dad to tell her about the 20th Century.
written by neanderthalis on 2012-11-17