Experiencing both sides of the generational fence

Published June 20, 2014 by The Hip Grandmother

 

Mamae as a child

Mamae as a child 100 years ago

If there was one thing I have always wanted to do if Mamae was still alive would be to introduce her to the internet. I bet she would have loved the ability to chat with people from different countries or find that her inbox was filled with daily recipes for her to try…or critique. I have always heard from my mother that Mamae was an excellent cook. Not just excellent but rivaling with the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck or Jamie Oliver. She was that good. Believe me when I tell you I have heard plenty of stories.

I was lucky enough to be born in a time when we didn’t have to worry about checking-in to our parents every 15 minutes to be sure that we are safe. We came home from playing hide-and-go-seek or ghost-in-the-graveyard well after the streetlights turned on. We were able to drink out of a garden hose and not have our parents worry if there is some kind of metallic poison running through the water hose. I can remember living in Ft. Carson, CO as a six year old sitting in the front seat of the car without a seatbelt.

But I am also very lucky to be a part of the technological age. There is no way I could live without my laptop or cell phone. I have departed ways with the days of cable television (or even rabbit ears for that matter). Like everyone else in the 21st century, my home phone is not attached to the wall…except when its charging. Even my own mother, who is a proud member of the ‘baby boomers’, would not be able to survive without her Netflix running through her Wii on her smartTV. Still…she needs her cable in her life. That is probably the only thing from her past that she still holds dear to her heart. I, however am trying to break free from the

I've always been an old cat lady.

I’ve always been an old cat lady.

cable company. Have you ever met a person in their 60s that texts with their loved ones on a regular basis? She Facetimes us when we are giving the baby a bath or other times when Victoria does something new and wonderful.

 

Technology is a wonderful thing so far. And I am so glad I got to experience both sides of the fence.

 

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8 comments on “Experiencing both sides of the generational fence

  • I, too, enjoy straddling this technological fence. I know if my own mom were still alive, she would be blogging by now, even though Daddy still has their landline phone with no answering machine on it! Happy Friday! – Fawn

    • We are more fortunate to remember those times but sad to see that we can’t share them with the next generations. I remember my mom telling me in the 80s that “one day our children won’t be able to play freely outside”. My daughter asked me a few days ago ‘what is Ghosts in the Graveyard’. I sat there for a moment speechless…..

  • The Internet is indeed an amazing technology. I have made wonderful friendships, business associates and clients alike through the vastness of cyberspace! Alas, I could not get my parents to a comfortable place with computers. Mom would have nothing to do with them. Dad bought one at the strong encouragement of his friends and got so frustrated (despite my step by step written directions) he was ready to throw the machine over his balcony! It’s a shame because the less he could do physically ie golf, the more enjoyment he could have had…understandable though. Their generation did not have the early exposure to PC’s that we did.

    • ..And that is perfectly understandable that it is hard to get baby boomers to find comfort in PCs. I thought it was going to be a toughy getting my mother to text and things of that nature but she surprises me by being an avid facebook user daily and finding different articles online. There isn’t a day that goes by that I text her to see how she is feeling and, while she still complains on how “she doesn’t feel like texting today”, she replies (with a text!) lol

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