In one of those conversations with your kids you never forget, my oldest son – then 10 – asked me at the dinner table: “Dad, did you have email when you were kids?”
“No,” I replied, “Your mom and I used to write love letters to each other and put them in an envelope, lick a stamp and put it on the envelope and send it through the mail.”
I wasn’t quite sure whether the grimace was at the “love letter” part or the thought of licking a stamp.
He chewed on that along with his dinner for a moment and then quipped:
“Well, did you have electricity?”
When I think of my great aunt Marie, who was born in 1890 and died some years back after living well past her 100th birthday, it amazes me to think of the changes she saw in her lifetime. She would not have taken electricity for granted like my generation does, or as my son’s generation takes e-mail, social media and the web for granted. From flying for the first time to landing a man on the moon – all in the span of roughly 50 years – mankind has advanced in mind-boggling ways. If we think of introducing ourselves to ourselves in a story, we might be forgiven for being tempted to tell a story of technology.
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