Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Simple Look Back

I know I have been absent for awhile but life keeps changing on me. But I have had a chance to read my partner in crime's blogs and I have to say that though in some ways we are experiencing our 30s similarly, in others we are worlds apart (mostly because I do not have kids...yet). However, I think we both can relate to the "Over 30's" blog I just post.

I found it funny, yes, but I have to say I'm thankful for how things have developed. I am thankful that I can track my man on a daily basis and be in touch throughout the day on BBM. I am thankful that I can look up something that's on the tip of my tongue. I am thankful I don't have to find a scary phone booth to make an emergency call. I am thankful I can take a picture and send it to Facebook for a thousand friends to see in just under a minute. Kids have it easy, but so do we.

I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about mistakes on cards and letters I write, with the shaky handwriting and lines going through misspelled words. I am thankful I get to save paper. I get to save on stamps. So what that I can't run to my mailbox and open it in anticipation for a letter like good 'ol Charlie Brown did day after day, and nothing. Nowadays, you're lucky if you can even afford to live anywhere where you can have your own mailbox. What's nostalgic about community boxes you have to open with a key? And I don't even have time in a day to check my mailbox, usually it's 3 days, sometimes even a week, before I grab my mail. That's because bills are done online, letters are sent to me online, everything is online. And even better, I don't even have to run to my computer to check if a letter/email has come in from that special someone, I can get it straight to my Blackberry. In fact, sometimes I write an email on the computer and on my Blackberry at the same time. Now that's multi-tasking! Two letters at one time, hit the SEND button and VIOLA!

I want a share a story.

Was there ever a time when you were younger when your mom or dad forgot to pick you up from school? Yeah, well, I'm raising my hand. My mom forgot on several occasions, and was VERY LATE, on several OTHER occasions. There is nothing worse than being the last person on the school grounds after school. Sitting on the steps, your ass sore from the hard concrete, backpack weighing you down because you don't want to take it off so that when you mom finally shows up, if she shows up, you can look that much more pathetic and she could be made to feel that much worse. I mean there was NO WAY I could get in touch. No pay phone nearby. Nothing. That was the WORST feeling EVER! So I mean it, when I say I will NEVER do that to my child. I can't get away with it anyway these days, unless I forget my cellphone at home AND forget my kid. And now if I need a ride somewhere, or to be picked up, and someone is late, I can call, send a text, send a BBM and say, "Where the FUCK are you?" I thanked God when cellphones arrived.

Besides, all that was great of my younger days, most specifically the 80s, was the music and leg warmers!

I'm just glad I'm old enough to appreciate the way things are today, but not TOO old to not be able to appreciate all the cool advancements.

1 comment:

  1. It's funny, I was just thinking that I didn't even do email until college, but now I can't imagine my life without it! And I agree...that feeling of being completely cut off as a kid was the WORST.