My grandfather and the ipad is like watching a dinosaur ride a hoverboard. No joke. Can you imagine? Technology fascinates my grandparents. They are constantly telling my son how they were lucky to have shoes and food when they were growing up, never mind an Xbox and an ipad. This past weekend my son showed my grandfather how to race on a motorcycle and create a Minecraft home. Isn’t he the cutest (both of them)? I happened to have my camera (I was sitting at the kitchen island watching them) so I snapped this picture. My son loves to show him how to play games. My son sometimes thinks my grandfather is kidding when he says things because it seems to far fetched to my son that my grandfather has no clue about the electronics. I know my grandfather is serious (he really doesn’t know) but my son thinks he is just joking and being silly. In his mind, “how could he not know what Minecraft is?” I am so happy that he has this experience of learning about how different life was so many years ago.
My grandfather loves to watch him play and laughs at all the funny expressions and noises my son makes while playing. My son asked my grandfather if he wanted to try and at the first finger swipe, my grandfather jumped backed and laughed as the ipad screamed out a sound saying, “wow good job as the motorcycle jumped off a cliff!” I personally think we should buy my grandparents one to share and see who uses it the most. Although, that would just give them something else to fight about so maybe that isn’t a good idea. -ha.
My grandparents have seen a lot in the last 80+ years and for them growing up in the depression, this lifestyle today is completely different. My parents finally came into this century upgrading their cell phones from a flip to iphones a couple years ago but they don’t seem to be as intrigued with the technology. My dad would be happy to never answer any phone for the rest of his life. -ha. My grandparents though, their eyes light up when they see the laptops, phones and tablets. They genuinely are interested and enjoy learning about them. It’s amazing the generational gap between the kids and my grandparents. My son finds it amazing that my grandfather didn’t have electricity when he was little. In fact, my son didn’t quite grasp that concept until we lost power last winter during a snow storm and couldn’t use any of his electronics. I remember my grandfather telling him, “see kid, this is what my life was like as a kid.” You can find more family and multigenerational posts on our multigenerational living page.