Fast Change-Generation Skipping


Have you ever noticed kids are attracted to things with a generation skip?

While Fast Change is going on around them (no matter the generation, my great grandmother saw TONS of change from buggies to planes) it is endearing, fascinating and a curiosity that kids like their grandparents stuff. If you wait a while to have kids you get lucky enough to share the same interests.

What did my kids want for their birthdays?

Not an iPad, or music or posters for the wall.

No they wanted full seasons of Gilligan’s Island and I Dream of Jeanie.

At first we thought it was because they knew they could get screen time out of it. Then they started asking us to watch with them. They wanted to make it a FAMILY NIGHT. That is some fast change in some different direction- back and back fast. Did I ever say this Fast Change series was going to always be about moving into the future?

Maybe we need a little speed backwards once in a while.

Someone said to me the other day, “I never buy books anymore, got my Kindle. But don’t ever take away my morning paper!”

My youngest daughter (7 at the time) found a crossword puzzle in the paper one day and realized she could answer some of the clues. Our “thing” together now is to sit in front of the fire (we are one of the few families to still have our real wood fireplace… don’t tell our California neighbors they will come shut us down) and do crosswords together. It is fun to use one of those little laser powered LED flashlights. Now there is a confusion of change in both directions!

While we are on the topic of old TV shows.

Have you ever noticed how many of those episodes of old shows you have seen? Did you hound your kids about “screen time” after that realization or before? I might give away my age here (I watched TV with four generations so some of the shows were created before I was born): Howdy Doody, Gilligan’s Island, I Dream of Jeannie, Disney on Sunday night, Green Acres (my kids LOVE Arnold), The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family (come on you know you watched that show),etc.

Now I can’t wait for my kids to get a little older so we can grab Cheers, Friends, Monty Python, The Office… the list goes on. And, honest, I don’t even like TV (or screen time other than writing).

I throw this out there for the endearing nature of children, their purity of thought when the world around them is literally blowing up and for the tie this gives us to change.

History has value. Tradition has stickiness that is good. When it comes to embracing change it might be working the old into the new that moves us forward and back at the same time.

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