I've had the delightful experience this week of switching from an iphone to an android phone (no I'm not being sarcastic, it really has been pretty smooth). Despite our children's concern that we wouldn't be able to adjust - my husband and I have done just fine.
It is funny to find myself in the position of being considered part of the generation that might not be able to handle new things without help from the younger. Has it always been this way? I think so. Most (if not all) children think their parents might not be able to keep up with the changes. I know I did. I wondered if my parents could handle having a computer and learn how to use email and surf the internet. That would be fine to wonder if they had been 80 when they started, but instead they were in their early 60's. They did just fine and loved having that access.
So now I just chuckle quietly when my children or their friends think I might not "get it". Because you know what? Sometimes I don't. I still can't figure out how to play video games (except for Wii bowling) and though I'm on Twitter and Instagram I don't know that I'll ever be truly "fluent" in that medium.
It's okay - I'm learning to go with the flow and enjoy what's in front of me. And you know what? Someday my children will discover the same thing I have - eventually we all become the "old" generation.
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