I found it somewhat daunting when Katy gave me an iPad for my 89th birthday. What? Another technological thing to have to learn to cope with? I’m not at all sure I can stretch my brain that far. But today, iPad sleeps next to my bed and is there to befriend me when I wake up. Just open it up and I have light in the darkness. A touch and it will tell me how cold it is outside and how much it might warm up to, so I know what to wear today. Another touch and I can see if anyone has made another Scrabble move and even chat with the Scrabble players about the weather, their wellness, or whatever.
How does it happen? In the olden days I didn’t understand radio. Daddy got a galena, showed us how to make a cat’s s whisker and find a sensitive spot so we could hear a radio program. How did that happen? I wonder now where he got the earphones that made the sound audible to us. How did HE know all this stuff so he could teach us? My Daddy had brains I am only beginning to appreciate! Wind the fine copper wire into a coil, hitch it up to the cat’s whisker, find the right spot on the crystal, put on the earphones, and, presto, a radio program right out of thin air! It boggled my mind 80 years ago and it hasn’t gotten any better. How did those radio waves find my house from miles away, go right through the walls, into every room in my house? I fancied the air full of invisible sound that my natural ears could not hear. And it seemed that the invisible sound was EVERYWHERE!
Today there is not only invisible sound EVERYWHERE, but invisible pictures, movies, clouds full of information,that, through the magic of WiFi (whatever that is) my iPad can reach out and grab. How does that happen? Last week we had our sibling gathering down at Ernie’s house in Monroe, CT. I took my iPad along. I asked Ernie for his WiFi password. Clue me in. Does everyone with a computer have an iPad password? Well, Ernie had one and next thing you know my iPad was plugged into the world. I pushed the FaceTime button and Dolly’s phone number in Florida. (Dolly is our sister and we thought it would be nice to include her, finally, in one of our sibling gatherings.) And there’s Dolly’s face!!! Living, breathing, talking, joining in, live and in real time, with us, all together! How does that happen?
We passed Dolly and the iPad around so each of us could have a few words with her and even a few words with her hubby, Dwight. In FLORIDA! How does that happen? It seems to me the very air must be a veritable soup of sound and people and it’s EVERYWHERE! I don’t understand it! Once my sister called me on her cell phone and I received her call in the airport in PUERTO RICO! Once when it seemed that Terry should have been back from Indiana by now I called her on my phone and she answered ON A TRAIN IN VIRGINIA!
I do not understand this modern world. How is it that EVERYTHING IS EVERYWHERE? Once, long ago, when my brain was young, I did not understand radio. Now that my brain is old and tired I guess I should just accept the inexplicability of technology and hope that maybe somewhere there is someone who gets it. All I know is, it’s not me.