Times are a Changing

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past-present-future-sign1My mother said today that she feels like when the boys are teenagers that she won’t be able to talk to them because she’ll have no idea what they’re talking about due to the rapid advancement of technologies and society in general.

I think, in some sad ways, that she’s partially right. Already, my 7-year-old is into video games that she has no idea what they’re about or the characters that are in them, and as they grow older, they’ll be listening to music and watching movies that she won’t want to follow because they’ll be past the cute-factor movies like Cars and Thomas the Tank Engine encompass.

They’re going to experience new things and dive into new technologies that as adults, we’ll only dabble with…I’m sure our parents went through much the same things when we were young.

But here’s where I think she’s not 100% right. They can grasp the past and what life was like “way back when” through us – their family. We make a point of getting together with our family as regularly as we can, and those are the memories they will cherish – the laughter, the stories, the love – and these are the things that will allow her to continue a relationship with them as they age. They’re why I loved visiting my grandmother even as a teenager and why I miss her terribly now.

Connor is expressing a huge interest in what I was like when I was younger and in the past in general. I can’t wait until he starts asking my mom what life was like when she was a kid, and what my grandparents were like when she was little. You should see how my sons’ faces light up whenever we see her.

I don’t think she has to worry.

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