And if you should survive to 105,
Look at all you’ll derive out of being alive!
And here is the best part, you have a head start
If you are among the very young at heart. ~ Frank Sinatra
Many pewperson readers know that I work with the youth choir at our church, and also help promote the Fine Arts Ministry in general by writing articles, releases, reviews and such. I’ve been doing it for years and enjoy it very much.
The kids (6th – 12th graders) are amazing and really fun to be with. They know I’m “old”, and that’s ok with me, because they are so very young! Of course, I’m old to them.
As to the rest of the FA staff, they are in general about my age, so working with them feels right. We’re all in the same boat.
However, lately I’ve taken on a new project, and that is to do the same promotion for a different ministry, this time the Youth Ministry. Meeting with the Youth staff has made it very clear to me. I AM old.
They are so young! I could be their mother! Truly, one dynamic young man is the age of my Shannon. This came as quite a shock to my system, because I don’t FEEL old, even though I’m beginning to notice the effects of the wear and tear of the years.
Sitting around with them lately, I immediately noticed one thing. None of them use notepads to scribble notes during meetings. They all have their iPads or smart phones to take notes. Of course, I did not, and felt really old fashioned.
I got to thinking about other things young people seldom use anymore, besides note pads. In no particular order:
- ice cube trays (just buy a bag if you have no icemaker)
- land line phones (what? how do they work? Is that all it can do?)
- wrist watches (I’ll just check my smart phone)
- hard cover Roget’s Thesaurus (I use mine often, but still cannot figure out the method behind its organization!)
- hard cover Encyclopedias (Google to the rescue!)
- hard cover Dictionaries (ditto)
- hard cover books in general (where’s my Kindle?)
- paper maps (but how do you choose alternate routes when forced to detour? I’m sure there must be an app for that)
- postage stamps (who sends snail mail anymore?)
- bank checks (debit card is the only way to go!)
- paper bank statements (all done online now…)
- telephone directories (makes a great doorstop if you can find one)
- recipe boxes (recipe.com to the rescue!)
- a deck of playing cards
- pay phones or telephone booths (whatever will Superman do?)
- Rolodexes (contacts are all in one’s smart phone)
(an aside: visiting my banker the other day, I was surprised and amused to see a Rolodex on her desk. Often when I can’t place a name, I’ll say that my brain Rolodex is moving slowly. And yes, I’ve been asked by a young person, “What’s a Rolodex?”)
I’m sure some of my young friends may disagree with some of the items on my list or think of others.
It’s a new world out there, and I’m being dragged along, kicking and screaming. I may be slow, but I am sure, so just give me time to catch up. But by then, I guess, there will be even MORE new technology to learn. Sigh. When will it ever end?
Answer? When I stop being young at heart. So I am determined not to stop (although you’ll have to pry the pen out of my hand first!).