Guest post by Prudence MacLeod

I have seen a lot of change in my lifetime. This was brought home to me the other day as I was sitting on the boat, waiting for inspiration to strike. It wasn’t happening so I went back to my default, people watching. There weren’t a lot of folks on the boat that trip, so not much was going on. K was knitting and I was re-thinking my decision to leave my knitting behind. Oh, wait there we are.

A big man, mid thirties maybe, walked down to the observation window and stood gazing out at the water. He was careful to stand close to a young girl sitting near the window. He was also careful to keep his gut sucked in as he tried to look cool. “Dude, the girl is about twelve or so and far more interested in that phone in her hand than in a guy older than her dad.” I didn’t say it, but I wanted to. Eventually her indifference caused him to lose interest and walk away.

I returned my attention to the young miss, her pony tail swaying gracefully as she watched her thumbs dance over the phone in her hand. Hmm, the phone; I remember when I was her age the phone was securely attached to the wall of the house. When my daughter was that age we had the magic of cordless phones. Wow.

Ok, what else I wondered. Music. When I was her age I had a record player. As a teenager my daughter had a CD player. I’ll bet this girl has an I-pod with a play-list thousands of songs long.

Cars. When I was a teen we didn’t have a car, couldn’t afford one. Folks who did have them would sometimes get one with a radio in it. Luxury. My daughter’s first car had a CD player in it. Now they have cars with phones, computers, I-pod docking stations, TVs, movie players, and the damned things can parallel park themselves.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. Change has happened more swiftly for my generation than any other in history, and the pace is accelerating. I cannot begin to imagine the wonders this young miss will witness by the time she reaches my age. Awesome. I hope I’m still here to see it.

So, how about you? What changes have caught you by surprise, stuck in your memory, or just messed with your calm?


Prudence MacLeod is a spiritual seeker, dog trainer, official Reiki Master and interior designer, and a writer with two dozen books available. “I have roamed far and wide for over sixty years in this realm, and I have seen much; some I wish I had not, and a great deal that I would love to see again. Some days I feel like Bilbo Baggins, for I have been there and come back again. No, I haven’t written a book about my wanderings, at least not yet, but much I have experienced, observed, learned, surmised, or imagined, is woven into the tales I have written.”

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15 thoughts on “Changes

    1. SJ Driscoll

      I almost remember BP: Before Plastic. When I was tiny, only those heavy black telephones and new baby dolls were made of plastic. I’ll never forget the sweet, Christmassy aroma of a new plastic baby doll.

  1. Louise Behiel

    let me echo what everyone else said change is never ending and is coming faster than ever. we must be of an age, since i share many of your memories – except our first phone was a party line. I just bought a new smart phone, upgrading from my Blackberry to an Android. part of the reason was my grandchildren who are already comfortable with technology in a way I will never be. amazing to watch them play their nintendo or my tablet. and they’re little

  2. August McLaughlin

    I think you should write a book based on your people watching escapades, Prudence! (If you haven’t already… ;)) I remember when a few of my friends engaged in this weird thing called “email…” At the time I thought, “How dumb. You can only write to people who HAVE email. And hardly anyone does!” (That lasted about 5 minutes!)

    I also remember mix tapes, pen pals and letter writing (which I still do with my grandmother) and the sugary drink Burple.

  3. Coleen Patrick

    I remember Pong! When I think of my parents stories about “when they were a kid,” I now feel that they are much more similar to my childhood than I originally thought now that I witness the differences in my children’s. The internet makes it so different in my opinion!

  4. Diane Capri (@DianeCapri)

    Sometimes the worst words I read are “new and improved”! Other times, changes are very exciting, indeed. And more often than not, what goes around comes around. No doubt you’ve heard that Madonna will be the half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl? The more things change, the more they stay the same. 🙂

  5. SJ Driscoll

    Marcy, you’re too young to remember the first video game, Pong. Hit the ball to the right. Now to the left. The right, The left. Right. Left…. Argh! Computers can do more but they haven’t gotten any “smarter.” Still, I can’t complain since they enable me to live in Texas but work in Maryland. And we can all talk! Whee!

  6. Marcy Kennedy

    I’m only 30, but the changes that have already happened in my life are shocking. I can still remember the excitement of getting our very first computer when I was around 10 years old. We didn’t have the internet until I was in high school, and I didn’t have an email address until I went off to university.

    1. SJ Driscoll

      My pleasure, Prudence.
      Isn’t Madonna great? Every year we get this new crop of young actresses with all but interchangeable names, faces and bodies. They last about two seasons and then get plowed under. Madonna will be Madonna for another thirty years.
      Have a cup of coffee for me. 🙂

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