Internet

Yesterday, when I got home in the early afternoon hours, the cable and internet were out. I tried the usual thing we do when we have a problem such as this: unplug and wait a few seconds, then plug back in. No luck.

When I was pulling in the driveway, I noticed that there was a truck from our local cable/internet company in a driveway a few houses down. So, once I discovered that ours was out, I wondered if there was a connection.

Since the usual trick of unplugging and plugging back in did not work, I called to find out if there was an outage in our area. Nope. No outage. So, they scheduled a service call for later that evening.

Adam would be home from school soon, and I knew not having internet service would be a big deal for him. I was right! He was not a happy camper! “How did you live without internet, mom?” This made me chuckle. He’s 16, so he’s never known a time when the internet did not exist.

The service guy arrived, late, and already knew the problem was outside, at the pole, a few houses down. Exactly where I had seen the truck earlier. It seems the lines at the pole were chewed up by squirrels. For whatever reason, our line was not tagged, and the guy that was there earlier working did not know which house that line belonged to, so he did not reconnect it. What???!!!??!! It was a simple fix, and within minutes of our service guys arrival, the cable and internet were back on. Hooray!

The comment Adam made, about not having internet, got me thinking about how different things are now. So much is different now, for my own kids, than it was for me growing up. There was no internet. We didn’t have computers. When we needed to research something, we looked it up in the encyclopedia or went to the library. Remember the card catalogs? Oh my how things have changed!

We didn’t have multiple tv’s. And there were no remotes. If you wanted to change the channel, you had to get up and walk to the tv and change it. And there was no cable. We didn’t have fancy video game systems. We had Pong, and we thought it was great!  We didn’t have cell phones. There was a phone on the wall in the family room and if you wanted to talk to someone on the phone, you did it right there in the family room. We didn’t spend all day looking at electronic gadgets. They didn’t exist. We played with toys, or games, or spent the day outside.

My kids think it’s funny that we were so excited when we got our first microwave when I was a kid. It was the new thing, and it was pretty cool! How did we ever live without it? lol

I remember riding my bike on the bike path that ran alongside the expressway near our house. Sometimes by myself.  I would never, in a million years, let my kids do that now. It’s a different world we live in now, sad but true.

While we enjoy all the conveniences of modern life, it’s fun to look back at how things were when we were growing up. And, it’s fun to hear the reactions from my kids when I share stories like these. They will have stories to tell their own kids one day, about their own childhoods, and I’m sure their kids will react in much the same way. It’s one way we keep the memories alive.

Have you taken a trip down memory lane lately? It’s good for the soul!

 

 

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