I was telling the girls that their uncle was visiting California to possibly make a cross-country move with his family. The girls asked if their cousins would leave their friends and schools and then said that they would be sad if they personally had to leave their school.
I told them that it’s actually pretty common for people to move and that I spent my childhood moving around. In fact not counting where I currently reside – the longest I have ever lived anywhere was 5 1/2 years. We moved when I was a baby and a toddler and a second grader and a seventh grader. And then right after high school graduation I hit the road and spent the next 15 years in 8 different locations.
We’ve lived here now for nine years and I’ve got the itch and wanted to ask my brother if we could just move with him because I’m kind of ready. And I know my kids will be fine. Kids are more resilient than most people think.
Anyway, the point of this post is that Eloise’s main question to the whole ‘wow people move thing’ was “did you still talk to your friends when you moved away?” and I told her that yes, I did. We wrote lots of letters.
“Letters, why didn’t you just send an email?” She asked.
Um, because there were no computers back then, I replied.
“You mean you didn’t have computers in the olden days? Why couldn’t you just call your friends on your iPhone?” Asked Esther
Um, because cell phones were not invented yet. I shook my head.
“Well did you have cars so you could visit her or did you just have to ride a horse?” Esther asked
SERIOUSLY, I mean come on, you’ve seen pictures of me as a little girl – did I have a bonnet on? DID I HAVE A BONNET ON IN ANY PICTURE. EVER! I AM NOT FROM THE OLDEN PRAIRIE DAYS!
“So like you could not text her or anything? How did you send her pictures so you know what she looked like as you got older?” Asked Eloise
“OMG you didn’t have cameras back in the olden days did you!?” Asked Esther.
YES YES we had cameras WAAAYYY back then but we took our pictures on film as there were not computers so we didn’t have digital pictures, I replied.
“So you could not see the picture on your camera after you took the pictures? How did you see them and how did you get them out?” Eloise asked
We would carry the film to the drugstore and wait three days to pick them up and then pray we got one good one.
“Whoa I bet your threw away a lot of pictures. So how did you then get that picture to your old friend” asked Esther
MAIL!!! I MAILED them letters and MAILED them pictures. THE MAIL. WE USED THE MAIL to communicate.
That is seriously the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of. I guess it would be so much easier to move away these days because computers and phones. You were really brave to do it back in the olden days” Said Eloise.
I AM NOT FROM THE OLDEN DAYS. The 60′s and 70′s are not the olden days!
“Okay mom, whatever you say but if you didn’t have computers, texting, cell phones and digital cameras – YOU LIVED IN THE OLDEN DAYS! No offense.”
So it got me thinking – what are your kids the most shocked about to hear you lived without back in the olden days? (And seriously, do you remember just waiting and waiting for your film to be developed?)