It’s funny how time changes how we think and look at things.
In Texas I had a fancy refrigerator. It had a water dispenser and ice in the door, cubed and crushed.
I look at my plain Whirlpool I just bought and wonder: Why did I think that was so great? I mean, sure it’s handy I guess. But I’ve learned that the fancier something is, the more things there are to go wrong.
The refrigerator I bought when I moved to Tulsa was a fancy one as well. I lived there three years. My daughter then rented it out and it wasn’t long before the darned thing went out.
She had someone out to fix it and they told her that parts were too expensive. Better just to buy another one. So much for warranties.
There’s really a lot to be said for simplicity.
I guess all innovation is initially exciting. But I really think the tech world has gone overboard. I DO NOT want a device in my home that talks to me or takes orders from me.
I’ve never wanted one of those things that run across your floor and clean it for you. Can you imagine how that would terrify Ivy if the little ball that rolls across the floor on its own frightens her? I had to hide that thing.
And young people, oh my.
Yesterday my 16 year old grandson called my daughter and said: “Mom, can you come put gas in my car? I don’t have my card on me and I don’t know how to put it in with cash.”
There’s a lot to be said for innovation and new technology, but common sense goes a long way.
There’s an old saying, usually attributed to Confucius, that goes something like this: “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin