When I was a child, I was thrilled to receive a brand new box of 64 crayola crayons, and some coloring books. Part of the excitement came from seeing all of the unusual colors contained in the box, as well as basic colors.
I also enjoyed being outdoors after school, playing hit the bat, hopscotch and jump rope with my friends. We would play until our mothers called out to us to come inside for dinner. I didn’t spend a lot of time playing games on the computer and video games, because there were none. Our family didn’t have a television set until I was nine years old. I developed an imagination, as well as thought about visual images of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, as well as characters in other radio serials, from listening to the radio.
My mother, father, sister and I would play card and board games after dinner, and we would talk about the day’s activities at the dinner table and while playing games. This was a period in my life when everything was more relaxed. There weren’t a lot of distractions, and we enjoyed spending a lot of family time.
It is hard for my grandchildren to understand a time when computers and hand-held phones of all kinds didn’t exist. Of course, they laugh the hardest when I say we didn’t have a television set until I was nine years old. Today, keeping in touch with our friends and family members has become easier. All we have to do is remember to take our cell phones or i phones, etc. with us when we leave the house. Computers have made it easy to do research, in the workplace, at home, or for schoolwork. It is also fun to receive and send e mails.
Progress has come with a price. Machines have replaced people in the workplace. Also, we are so busy texting or e mailing our friends and family members that many of us have forgotten what it is like to have conversations with our friends and family members. We no longer write a thank-you card or letter. It is easier to send an e mail or text immediately. I enjoy all of the electronic devices offered today, also. Now, where is a pen and some stationary? Oh well, I guess I’ll just send a thank-you e mail.