When we were children we used to listen in wonderment as our parent’s described their childhood. We couldn’t believe that they had grown up in a world where they didn’t have the same things as we did. It was shocking and we always responded with “How did you ever survive?”. The funny thing is that I know when I become a parent, my children will ask me the same question. After thinking about this, I compiled a list of things that my children will wonder how I could have lived without.
1. iTunes was created in 2001. That was four years of my life in which I could not instantly download the latest single on my computer.
2. WiFi. Although it was becoming increasingly popular in the 1990’s, most businesses did not begin to offer free internet connection until 2004.
3. Touch screen iPods. My Walkman was the only way I could listen to music on the go. I didn’t get the fancy new iPod touch until 2007!
4. Smartphones. Just five years ago, the coolest phone to have was a Razor. Now everyone has to have a iPhone.
5. Flat screen TV’s. This is something my family does still not own. We have a fine working TV that dates back to 2003. It’s amazing to compare the depth of our television (Two feet) to the televisions today (not even two inches).
Have you ever done or said anything really embarrassing and wished that you could go back in time to change it? Or, have you had that moment where you just kick yourself for being so stupid? I know that I’ve had more than my fair share of these moments in my life. And on this cold, brisk, Friday, I can’t seem to stop thinking about my many embarrassments. And what better way to cope with these than to put them on the internet?
One mistake that I am still having trouble dealing with happened about a year and a half ago. I was babysitting a little boy who had diabetes. His mother spent about 15 minutes describing his routine and when he needs to check his blood sugar. I wrote everything down and tried hard to treat him just like every other kid. About three hours in, he decided he wanted to play kickball. I agreed and we started a two-person game. I tried to make conversation with, talking about his interests and favorite holidays. He mentioned that Halloween was coming up and I asked him what he was dressing up as. He said that he didn’t like that holiday and he just stayed home. I was immediately shocked, how could a kid not love Halloween? And before thinking I blurted out, “you just stay home? Don’t you want to get some free candy?”
Casually he replied, “I can’t eat candy, I have diabetes.” Oh, how my brain loves to fail me.
Another embarrassing blunder I made happened at one of my favorite restaurants. The workers all know my name and my favorite dishes because of how often I eat there. One day as I was sitting at one of the tables waiting for my food I couldn’t help notice how empty it was. There was just me and a older man a few tables over. Then the manager put the food out on a counter and called my name “Sarah!”. I walked up and looked down not seeing the food that I ordered. I looked back at the manager and he repeated my name. I replied “Sarah?”. To my left I saw the old gentleman standing beside me. “Not Sarah…” the manager said laughing, “I said Sir”. With my face turning red I walked back to my table as the two men had a good hearty laugh. Needless to say, I waited until I was sure he was saying my name when my food came out.