Several times a year, I take my mom to Indianapolis.
We talk about Dad and marvel at the things he did, how hard he worked and what a great guy he was. (There they are in the picture below. Dad died in 2007.) We talk about current events, about politics, about history, books, movies.
I look forward to the trips. The drive, which I used to think was boring, passes almost too quickly.
There is overt gadget stuff going on for me on these trips. I have a two-hour wait after I drop Mom off, so I can go to a very cool store just north of Indy, Fry’s Electronics , and spend the entire time there. I’ve used the trip to test a new GPS unit. The Indianapolis public library system has wifi, so I will often take a laptop and do some work while I wait.
But it’s the conversations with Mom that really make these trips. And last week, we got to talking about technological marvels. I was mentioning how much things have changed in my sons’ lives in that respect, and then we started going back in time, so to speak, to the changes she’s seen.
I’m not about to tell you how old Mom is, but I’m pushing 56, so that gives you some idea – and I wondered what were the most significant technological advances she's seen.
Care to take a guess what Number 1 was? It surprised me.