Yesterday while chatting with my six year old granddaughter, answering questions about the nearby West Mims fire and how the various animals would be cared for if and when an evacuation of our home was required. Then she asked when I, and the critters and Grandpa, were going to live in her backyard in a camper. I replied that depended on the the fire activity and vagaries of wind and weather.
So this precocious little girl asked me what the fire was doing right then, May ten. Having spent the day away from the computer and away from home and away from the fire area I couldn’t tell her.
That is when my age showed.
My six year old Granddaughter looked at my phone, what I call a telephone, but is really a mini-commputer, and said “Don’t you have Google?” I replied I sort of did, but that a box kept appearing telling me I had to do some rigamarole and download applications and buy things and so I didn’t use it.
As I was telling her this, she reached across, mashed some icons on the touchscreen, to fast for me to see while I was watching her lovely face, then looked at me and said “There you go.”
Ha! I started to say, “See what I mean … ” BUT there was an available search page for Google. I had been struggling with this for months. In less than two seconds she solved that problem.
I did the search, and found the information available, at that time, about the fire. I did know where to look, but not how to use my device.
This same child figured out how to advance through the photo library in my first digital camera when she was three. I had no idea how to do it. I was afraid I would delete what was not saved elsewhere. She had no such ego fears.
This is a different world from the one in which I grew up.
Agawela May 11, 2017