I just got a big kick out of this, after all the homeschooler angst about
technology at school and virtual school at home subsuming our family lives as we’ve known them. Turns out we were indeed being subsumed by the Borg, but School or Unschool had nothing to do with it!
That was my first inkling of how the vastly expanded electronic and informational needs of houseguests would flavor our time together. Soon guests were positioning themselves to get dibs on one of the three computers in our Long Island house the way they would otherwise line up to jump in the shower.
By the next morning, “I wonder if you could do me a favor?” was a question I fielded every few minutes . . .
“Just need to have something faxed, and maybe I could scan this to a PDF and e-mail it, too, if it’s no trouble?”
No trouble indeed, but such requests began to mount. . .
Nance told our pde list a good day-in-the-life story that brings “home” the point:
OK, so you are a 14-month-old houseguest and you are presented with:
Pretty — I think — blue and white chopstick holders (you never know when you might need them! 🙂 )
A silvery indoor-outdoor thermometer, complete with buttons that beep.
Apparently, the correct choice is the thermometer! I was surprised, thinking I needed to be cautious about the china (cheap but I like them) thingy, when it was the electronic thingy that was the real attraction.
Kids today! And apparently everybody else! 🙂