As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..more modern uses for technology! Life used to be so simple. Back in the olden days, when I was a kid, we had a television and a telephone. There were exactly six channels to watch on TV. If you grew up here in Chicago they were; 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 32 (and UHF reception could be sketchy). We had rabbit ears and the youngest person in the household was responsible for moving around the antenna until the picture was just right. We watched simple, wholesome programs like; Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, the Love Boat and Fantasy Island. I actually had a friend that wasn’t allowed to watch Speed Racer because it was too “dark” (can you imagine!?!).
We didn’t have call waiting, caller ID, an answering machine, cell phones, text messaging (we practically used Morse code, smoke signals or tin cans), Facebook or e-mail. We had snail mail. Letter writing was an art form! I still maintain that there is nothing like going to your mailbox, flipping through the bills, magazines, catalogs and advertisements to find an envelope, lovingly hand addressed, especially to you. It could be a greeting card, a letter from a dear friend or an invitation to a party. Such possibilities!
Everything was simpler! Living in the city, most things were relatively close; as a kid I could walk or ride my bicycle wherever I needed to go. Chicago has a great transit system. By the time I was 8 years old I was fairly well versed in how to keep track of my bus fare, take the bus, get a transfer, make a connection and navigate the “El”. None of this cry baby, I need a ride from my mom nonsense. City kids were independent warriors!
Of course, we’ve raised our family in the cushy suburbs, something I like to call……The Bubble. The Bubble, though, is a wonderful place to live! It’s nostalgic and pure and relatively safe; like Mayberry RFD. Life here in The Bubble has a very nice, old fashioned kind of feel to it. The kids meet up to play baseball, ride their bikes for fun (not necessarily transportation), rollerblade and have lemonade stands. We know our neighbors, their kids and their pets. We can always count on neighbor kids, ringing our doorbells to sell us wrapping paper to benefit the schools, popcorn and Christmas wreaths for the Boy Scouts and cookies for the Girls Scouts.
However, this year I’ve noticed a new trend, taking full advantage of technology. Gone are the door to door solicitations. Enter in a new era; Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts using social networking! You can find a post of Facebook, an email, a text or at the very least, a message on your answering machine; virtual fundraising.
As much as I love the convenience of technology, there’s something to be said for a personal touch. I, myself, prefer a visit from my little friends. I enjoy catching up and seeing how they’ve grown. Besides, I think the kids have a greater sense of pride and accomplishment when they go door to door, look you in the eye and take your order. However, if that’s the only way to get my Thin Mints…..shoot me an e-mail.
More nostalgia, more technology, more importantly; more Girl Scout Cookies!