I remember not so long ago I went and paid my grandma a visit.
She was in her 90s and still pretty sharp mentally — and never afraid to speak her mind. — and I loved that about her.
She was a modern thinker, kept abreast of the news and all things to do with Ohio State football.
But this woman who had lived through two World Wars and saw the evolvement of the automobile, airplane and wide-spread telephone service, just couldn’t fathom what I was showing her.
I had just purchased a new cell phone and was showing her all that it could do — talking to someone across the country, taking pictures, text messaging, etc.
She simply said, “Ridiculous!”
I don’t think she was saying that the technology was ridiculous as much as it was ridiculous to her how fast technology was advancing.
I tell you this story to let you know that I have seen quite a few technological advances in my years as well — television was rabbit ears and three channels when I was a child until cablevision and later satellite service changed everything.
We worked on some of the first computers when I was in high school and now there are laptops and little computers in watches and, of course, internet access in your cell phone.
What’s next? I mean, I know some of these things make life easier. We hardly can imagine life without our cell phones, can we?
What’s amazing is the speed in which these new gadgets are emerging.
One can’t keep up with it — so why even try? Today’s latest is tomorrow’s has-been.
Take the mobile phone for instance. They began to emerge in the mid-1980s and it wasn’t very long before nearly everyone had one.
Before that, if you recall, we used pay phones while on the road — unless you were an entertainer, politician or Batman — you didn’t have a car phone.
It’s sometimes crazy to think in five, 10 or 15 years what kind of technology we will have at our fingertips. It is both mind-boggling and a bit scary, honestly.
In other words, as Gramma Donna would say — “Ridiculous.”