Yesterday my youngest brother got a car. He's been saving his money for many years in anticipation of this time in his life. Tomorrow is his birthday and he will get his driver's license. Do you remember how amazing it felt to get your license? How liberating it was? Well yesterday was his big day. Sam stopped by with our parents(he's still only got the learner's permit) to show us his new car.
We took the official tour of his car. His first wheels. We were so excited for him, even though he remained cool about the whole thing. There was just one feature to his car that left him puzzled, the tape deck. He had never used a tape player. Oh me oh my, Eric and I were shocked. Sure, we knew he was a child that knew CDs and ipods, but really? He had never used a tape player?
So we broke out a box of a few mixed tapes we had saved from years gone by. We were looking through the tapes with Sam, explaining to him just how important a mixed tape once was. The art form that went into a mixed tape. You had to choose the right mix of songs, creating a flow from beginning to end. You had to make sure there wasn't dead air or that the tape wouldn't run out mid song. Once the tape itself was perfected it was time to decorate the tape case. Hours could be spent drawing and collaging the perfect tape case.
Sam is pretty hip. He likes our old school taste, it's gone out of style and is on it's way back in. So Sam is game to try out this retro trend. Still, he didn't even know how to fit the tape into the tape case! Eric had to take him out to his new car and give him a quick tutorial on how to use a tape player.
Later when I was talking about this with my parents my mom mentioned that Sam once asked her how to use a rotary phone! It's so strange how the world has been quietly changing on us. I think about the big changes, but those little changes are often escaping my attention. I couldn't help but think about our daughter. How different her world is than the one in which I was born.
She will never know a world that:
1)Doesn't have cell phones.
2)Doesn't have the Internet.
3)Uses tapes and records (well, we do, but it will be a mere novelty to her).
Can you think of anything else? There are tons of examples I'm sure, but suddenly I am drawing a blank. Mostly because I am thinking that I really want a rotary phone.