The longer I live with my grands the more I realize that we are from different realities. That's to be expected. I'm not a goose. I do realize that they will have totally different adulthood than what I have had. I also know that they have not a clue what the world was like before they came along.
In the past couple of weeks, I have been "arting" more and "computering" less which has lent itself to just talking and listening more with the grands. And I have to admit, I must do that more often. It's obvious to those that know us that we have together time but not like just sit back and let them tell their tales time. I have learned so many interesting things about the ways of the schoolyard, classroom and a child's life.
Conversely, they have had more "stories" about when I was their ages. It's funny how they have requests for the same story to be told and retold at this age and in a few short years they will be telling me....uh, Oma, we've heard this story many, many times. I know cuz, Shelley does that to Sweet Man. He is so cute and does have some pretty amazing stories to tell that we have all heard a million times.
So, it is not surprising that the vernacular used by the skipped generation crowd here at Casa de Cuckoo is like two foreign languages. Sorta like what the Spanish speaking peoples of the rest of the world say about the Spanish that is spoken here in New Mexico........spanglish.
This morning, Ry was being more animated than normal (no, no surely not) and I said as an admonition to his behavior....."Boy, I'd cool it if I were you, so you don't get your butt in a wringer". And he thought I was talking about some amusement park ride. I got on line and showed the two of them what a wringer was. Comment from the younger crowd...."wow, good thing someone invented the dryer huh". They are a little vague on the concept of laundry huh. Even an explanation as to how this worked didn't seem to make sense to them.
When you think about it, kids who have always had TV, computers, cellphones, instant communication almost everywhere on the planet would and do have a difficult time understanding why anyone would not have had a TV much less color TV in the '50's, why anyone would hand write a letter, or what a party line telephone was or what in the world was a typewriter???? But the differences sure make for some fun sharing time. Albeit a little confusing on both of our parts. I have to ask what a word means in the "now" talk, cuz it sure doesn't mean what it used to in most cases.
I would love to have an glimpse in the future time capsule so I could see what the grands will have that their kids or grandkids will question them on. Life is a joy to share, yes?