I am probably the oldest 25 year old I have ever known. I've joked with people again and again that I should have been born in a different era. I would have loved the 50's. I don't think I would have had any problem staying home all day baking and taking care of the house and kids all while wearing a skirt and high heels. (After all, I do that anyway!)
I mostly feel out of place in the present time because I am terribly and horribly technologically-handicapped. It's not that I am against progress. I am completely for it. No person in her right mind would say, "Why would I need to use indoor plumbing when I have a perfectly good hole in the ground right here?" No, progress is good...I just can't figure all this new junk out.
My latest challenges:
1. Video Games- There are zero-zilch-no gaming systems in my house. Mostly because I think they are a waste of time, money, and brain power but also in part because I don't know how to work any of the controls and that really frustrates me. I grew up playing the original Nintendo games (the one with the Duck Hunt...AWESOME!) The control had 5 buttons on it--A, B, start, select, and the arrows. Now it's like you have to put on a robot hand to operate the game. If it takes me three hours to read the manual on how to operate the controller, I don't want to play it.
2. Smart Phones- I may be asking a stupid question here, but am I the only person in the entire world who does not want one of these things?! I currently have no data plan on my phone and I LOVE IT. I like the fact that I am able to be unplugged from everything else. I do not need to be on a social network at all hours of the day. I don't need my phone to IM, play videos, surf the web, have a flashlight function, be a GPS navigation, show me what I'll look like as a fat person, and make my morning cup of coffee. I need it to talk, text, and take an occasional picture of the kids to send to their dad when he is in the field. Unfortunately, I am sure there will come the day when I have to buy a smart phone because they will stop making my dinosaur-models...and with my luck, the phone will have the capability to do EVERYTHING but place a call.
3. IPODS- I did this one to myself, people. I know these are not a new form of technology, but I am totally clueless on how to use them. However, I thought it would be an awesome idea to get my husband one for his birthday so he could have it while he's deployed (mainly travelling) to listen to music and watch movies and such. I had no idea what I was looking for when I was shopping so I got him one with 160 GB of space...apparently that's a lot. I didn't know that! But what's more awesome is that I married a man who is just as technologically inept as I am. We spent about an hour farting around on the computer trying to transfer over his music files before we realized we had to download ITunes for it to work. Then we had to spend additional time figuring out why our computer wouldn't download ITunes. We've finally copied over some files but we have still yet to add video to the thing...we've decided that we are just going to coax our more tech-savvy friends into doing it for us :)
I could go on and on here, because truthfully, if it requires more than simply hitting a power button or flipping an on/off switch, I am lost. But these are the biggest culprits plaguing me right now.
My husband and I have joked that our daughter's kindergarten school supply list will include things like a laptop computer. Let's hope not; because I will not be able to help her with her show-and-tell homework if I can't figure out her teacher's blackboard program :(