Sunday, July 26, 2009

Things my grandmother didn't have.

I've been thinking lately about the things I have that my grandmothers could only imagine, and how I'm thankful for them. In honor of that thought, here's a list:

1. My breadmaker. And you thought I was going to say my computer or my cell phone, didn't you? Ha.

2. Computer and cell phone. Ok, now I did.

3. Facebook. Yeah, that falls under computer, but seriously, what was the computer before we had facebook? I was contacted this week by a guy I thought I'd never heard of, until he posted our eight-grade yearbook class picture and reminded me that we called our teacher "Stoneface." I bet that never happened to my grandmother! One thing led to another, and half my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes are tagging people in those photos, trying to remember names and whatnot. Then I heard from my very first childhood friend, and my daughter Leah asked, "The one with the long-haired doll and the band-aid box full of plastic animals?" (Remember Long-haired Chrissy? You pulled her pony tail and it got long, then pressed a button on her stomach and it got short again. Yeah, Cathy had one. She also had this beautiful Irish-looking doll named Bernadette. And a dog named Kimmy and a cat named Pepper. How come I can remember all this and I can't get my kids names right?)

Back to my list.

4. Central air conditioning in my house and my car.

5. Fast postal service. We've gotten two letters from Elijah in Switzerland. In my grandmother's day, it would have taken months to get one. Halfway around the world for 98 cents? That's a bargain.

I'm sure there are others, but I'm going to go admire my new wood floor, installed with the help of an electric chop saw and hydraulic flooring stapler.

Be thankful ~



Catherine said...

Facebook -- me, too!! I'd never have found you guys without it!

Brother Ben said...

Pneumatic stapler babe!

Sarah .aka. Mamalotsoftots said...

I think about this frequently. :) How many things that are nothing but convenience to us today that our grandmother's had to do by hand. I'm truly thankful for most of them. Then there are others that I wish we just still had to do by hand. I struggle with the laziness that goes along with convenience of every sort. :D
I wrote a post about this recently. Called THE Definitions of the NextGen Mom. Please don't judge my grammar and such too harshly. haha! You may get a kick out of this post.

By the way! I came across your blog on an The Old Schoolhouse email. :D I ♥loved the name of your blog "bensrib" and I just had to check it out!
Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I just had to laugh because my 85 year old grandmother is actually on Facebook :)

Love your blog! Saw the addy in the ad for The Schoolhouse Planner. I'm still wondering if getting the planner would actually help me stop making my lists in random notebooks...:)