As my parents grew older, they would ask us all kinds of questions about pc’s and camera’s and how to program the VCR. Back then you basically pushed the red button to record a show. You pointed and clicked a button to capture a picture. As I grew older, I pledged never to become out of touch with new technology. I would stay young at heart and worldy, forever.
In keeping with this pledge, I am intrigued by so many of the new venues of technology these days. I am in love with snapchat. It’s random and it’s fun. My kids introduced me to this entertaining form of smartphone fun. “Mom, you need to get a snapchat app!” I was in luck. I knew what an app was! Sadly, I did not know what snapchat was. They patiently showed me and I was instantly hooked.
It’s a fun app you download to your smartphone. You take pictures and send them to people who only have access to the picture for 10 seconds or so. Then it is gone forever. This I liked! After all, I was already a self proclaimed camera buff!!
Anyone who knows me or who has traveled with me knows that I take literally hundreds and hundreds of pictures while on vacation. Clark, as everyone affectionately refers to my hubs, is patient with me when I get into my zone. There has been many times when we’ve been walking and talking and he suddenly realizes I’ve stopped and am not next to him anymore. Sometimes he patiently waits for me. Sometimes, if I fall too far behind snapping shots of things I find curiously interesting, I get a “Margaret, c’mon!”
While in college, Clark and I had a photography class together. He is responsible for introducing me to this form of creative art. I loved it immediately. When we travel, he too, is seldom without his camera. In fact, he usually has several camera’s and all kinds of apparatus & gear hanging around his neck and a few times has been mistaken for a paparazzi!!
The other day I was snapchatting with one of my boys and he said that it’s best if you take & send pic’s that are random. Or better yet, photobombed!! He showed me how to take a “selfie” while including some unsuspecting person in the background. I decided to try to practice this on Clark. I took a picture of myself standing in the kitchen. Just to the left over my shoulder there he was, unaware and biting into a big sammy! *Click!* Now this was a GREAT shot!
I try hard to keep up with the always changing technology and shifting social media horizon. Im on twitter now. My son told me I needed to get a twitter account. So he set me up and after months of logging on, I still only have a handful of followers. For the sake of my ego, I chalk it up to a generational thing. This fad I can not enthusiastically get behind. I am not saying I am going to toss in the twitter towel. I’m no quitter! People my age just don’t tweet very much, if at all. We missed the boat.
I mentioned this fact on Facebook this morning. A few of my sweet friends said they’d follow me. That makes 8 followers!! I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be tweeting. I try to think of interesting things about my day to tweet to the world. My mind usually turns to some mundane meal I had or to some errand I ran that day. Are these the kind of interesting factoids that the public is waiting to read? Do they really want to know that I have to run to the grocery store to pick up cheesesticks? I have writers block for Twitter! Something always pops up on my twitter feed that someone else has thought to share with the world and I think to myself, “oh wow, why didn’t I tweet that? That’s interesting and I have also had that very same thought that a hundred times. Shoot!”
I am going to continue my quest to try to become a twitter pro. My name there is @sunmaid1211 – not because I love the sun so much but because my boys have always affectionately referred to me as Sunmaid because they think I look freakishly close in resemblance to the girl on the Sunmaid Raisin box.
My oldest son, Bruce Robt, is the tech savvy guru of the family. When Clark or I need help with something, we phone him. He gives us directions on how to fix our pc’s. He answers questions about our smartphones and media controls. It makes me smile because I know we are slipping behind a bit in the war against keeping up with modern technology. My mind flashes back 30 years and I know without a doubt that we are becoming our parents.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Certain things come to mind that will forever be changing. – the world – life – seasons – weather – people – popularity – fashion – politicians – prices and yes, technology.
Curiosity and the quest to stay young at heart can drive us to try to keep up with the changing world. But isn’t it just easier to ask someone younger, “Could you show me how this work’s, please?”