I bet you guys do it, too.
Make lists and plans- things you want to do better? For me, it was blogging.
Blogging works so much better when you have internet that doesn't blink in and out like the Ferris Wheel lights at Satan's Circus.
So, here I go..trying again, with the hopes that the interwebs fairy continues to smile on me.
The lack of reliability recently to my www had me thinking- what did we do prior to the plethora of available technology we have today? This should be easy- good grief, I'm older than the Internet!
But then...I realized how much I depend on it every single day. Social media that has let me connect with you guys, emails I get instead of running to the mailbox in hopes I got a letter, (ok...I still do that, but they mostly come with stamps that say "overdue" or "final notice" in bright red ink.) Even phone calls & coffee dates with the Gal Pals have taken a back seat to texting the latest "OMG! Did you hear what Lisa did?" gossip.
I now plan almost everything around the World Wide Web- shopping lists, recipes, the kid's calendars... even family vacations take into account if the hotel has free wifi.
While it has lead to a decline in face time (unless you have the app for that) with real human beings with the potential to spread their germs and illness to you, there are advantages, too.
I remember having to find books at... The Library. *gasp!* Can you believe it? A whole building dedicated to books? Crazy, right? And sometimes, they didn't even have the book you were looking for, (or the Droids, I might add!)
Heck- I even recall a time when my Mom had to yell up the stairs to tell me dinner was ready. Now, when the Hamburger Helper is plated, I Skype the kids and tell them it's feeding time on the Ranch!
Believe it or not Kiddos, there was even a time when you had to sit beside a magical music box for hours and hope you could hear your favorite song. There was no repeat, unless you happened to have a fancy cassette tape and super awesome timing to catch the tune. (OK...google Cassette tape...it's like the 1980's version of a Brontosaurus...)
Seriously- Words With Friends used to be called Scrabble, and you had tiny wood pieces with letters that you had to manually place on a heavy cardboard playing field, and Farmville was actually called Manual Labor in rural areas. If you wanted the special pink sheep, you had to find safe, non-toxic paint to get one.
In any event- I love technology. It has its uses, but let us not forget that there really was a world where we handed each other photographs to look at instead of Instagram, and the idea of a pretty picture of your Steak Tar Tar being shared would have left people thinking you were crazy.
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd