Yes, I’m that old, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have something to say. I’ve always loved to write, make up stories, embellish with some drama or humor. As I get older and am looking at retiring, I feel more and more how important it is to connect with people. Like most American’s, over the years I’ve gotten used to using my technology. I love it and the way it connects us to people all over the world. I’m not saying I don’t like talking in person, I like talking any way. I used to actually hand write and mail letters, even when I was a kid.
Email and then text became the natural next step. I can see a world where we visit each other by sitting in our living rooms and Facetiming on the TV. I think it would be lovely to have a weekly visit with people you care about that are far away. Being able to hug that person would be better, but time and finances don’t always make that possible. I know that when I talk to someone on Facetime or Skype, I feel like it was more of a visit than the regular telephone. You can read their expressions and you always get more out of a conversation like that than a text. Especially with auto correct!
Think about how far we’ve come just since I came along in the 50s. I remember moving to a rural area when I was five, outside of San Diego. At the time, there were no spare phone lines and we had to temporarily have a party line. If you don’t know what that is, you had your land line at your house, but someone else had the same line as you. You could pick up the phone to call someone and there would be someone else having a conversation. I remember that my mother was always polite, she’d apologize and ask about how long they thought they would be. I also remember her complaining that the other user talked too much so she couldn’t use the phone when she needed it. Luckily it didn’t last too long, maybe two or three weeks.
We also had phone booths. Just square glass boxes, painted red on the bottom, very modern. They had a phone book hanging down and a shelf you could set it on. But they were maintained by the phone company, and cleaned regularly. You weren’t afraid that you would pick up some strange skin disease if you used a public telephone.
Dialog is a good way to understand each other and broaden your horizons. One thing I’ve learned in my years here is that it’s good to learn new things and one should never, ever generalize about people or a group of people. We’re all different and that’s a good thing. Cheers!