Try something new … or old

I had a close encounter with old tech last week. My son – this child who cannot recall a time when we could not rewind live cable TV and is puzzled about why anyone would have thought that portable music via the Walkman was a satisfactory experience – was groovin’ on microfilm of newspapers. It was a Cub Scout activity. You know the assignment: find out what was happening on the day you were born, the day you turned 5, and on July 20, 1969. He brought his Scout book to me and pointed: “This! I want to do this!” Off we went to the library to check out the newspaper archives. Watching him at first struggle with the film and then, by the third round, become proficient and confident with the machine, made me smile. It was clear that the physical contact with the technology – the “figuring it out” part – was very satisfying to him.

The “figuring it out” is the part for which adults rarely make time. Who can blame us? We are b-u-s-y. We know what technology works for us, and that’s what we use. As a result, it is easy to lose the once-strong desire to learn something new, to put our hands on new things. Here’s a challenge to try something you haven’t before and draw conclusions: love it, hate it, at least you tried it.


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