Talking about Hurricane Hugo in yesterday’s blog, I started thinking about inventions. Most inventions were “invented” because of a need. Technology changes constantly.
We would study about inventions in 4th grade. We would have big discussions about them. A 10 year old had only ever known the latest technology-cell phones, computers etc.. The kids didn’t know what a typewriter was. I explained that when I went to College I had to type all my papers. You had to use carbon paper (I had to explain that also) and if you came to the end of the paper and made a mistake, you had to totally retype the paper. Boy-don’t we love computers now and spell check. The dictionary was the spell check of my day. Who has a dictionary now (book)?
Telephones were all connected to the wall. Recently we watched a show that was made when there were no cell phones. The policemen had to go to a house or find a public phone booth. We did not get a microwave until Kathryn was 3 years old. I remember when I rented a VHS player from Kroger and rented a VHS tape when Kathryn was 7 years old. That was the first time we could watch a movie like that at home. It was amazing! Later we purchased a VHS player. Who has a VHS player now?
I’m not complaining about technology and inventions. We get so used to them that when something doesn’t work it makes a big difference in our lives. How have things changed just in your lifetime?