As I was walking the dog this morning, I couldn't help but think of all the conveniences we have in our lives. There are children today who will never know what a pay phone is, or have no idea how to function without a microwave. It's amazing the things we have today that are simply taken for granted. How would we function without a computer to refer to, or how lost would society without their "smart" phones so grant them answers in the blink of an eye. In the past we'd have to find our information in the local library, hoping the book we needed wasn't checked out, and sifting thru volumes to fulfill our needs. Now it's a simple Google search and unlimited information is right at our fingertips.
So I took myself back to the era when there was no electricity. Candles or oil lamps lit our way, meals were prepared on a wood stove, and there was no refrigeration. Then Thomas Edison and GE lit up our lives. Can you imagine what the generation watching all that thought? "These kids of today, they'll never know what to do if they couldn't just flip a switch and presto, instant light. They'll never be able to survive without the knowledge of how to make candles, or light an oil lamp if the electric ever fails." Same observation, different era and technological advances. Somehow we survive without the knowledge our forefathers used as critical to their existence.
I guess it's all perspective. Skills and tools of the past that seemed important to that generation, are labeled as prehistoric when the technology shifts. I had a Dad complain to me the other day that his son looks down upon him as an idiot. The television has indoctrinated the young man, backed up by a school system, and a society that puts parenting and parents as uniformed. Then he said, his son hands him a smart phone or an I-pad and confirms the conclusion.
As shameful as that is it's true, but it doesn't have to be. We can be role models to our children without being technologically savvy. Character and integrity are the key, and there is nothing they can invent to take their place. Being an unwavering shining example for your children will outweigh and techy knowledge. You can call a tech support line for assistance, but you can't substitute the love and nurturing of parental love. That is the support system...1-800-I-Love-You