Close the Gate

Just when I think I have the latest and greatest things in the free world, they change the format and I am back at square one. 

When I get the entire set of the very best Disney and kids movies out there on VHS, they switch everything to DVD and now Blu-ray is where it’s at. 

I always thought eight-track tapes were cool and then came the cassettes. Then the mini-disk came out and I really thought that was going to take off but CDs pushed them right out of the way. Now digital has pretty much made them all obsolete. 

AM radio was always the norm until FM came along and now satellite is the way to go.

My 5 1/4-inch floppy drive became a 3 1/2-inch floppy and then I got a hard drive and then a CD R/W and then a DVD player that will play CDs and read and write DVDs. Now I have about a half-dozen thumb drives and a 5-gig place in a cloud somewhere. 

Cameras went from putting pictures onto film that needed to be developed to instant to digital. 

Film for the assorted cameras went from load it yourself to drop in cassettes and now digital is on this little card the size of a postage stamp that you stick in a machine in a drugstore and print your pictures from. You can then erase the memory card and start over or save all your pictures on it and just buy another card. 

I got my first cell phone in 1998, which was late by American standards. I never had a brick phone or a bag phone but my first was a green Nokia and I thought it was amazing. I then jumped on the upgrade train and went from that to a Blackberry to an iPhone then to an Android and then to a Galaxy S 4G. What started out at just a cell phone has become my camera, my notebook, my calendar, my address book and my calorie counter as well as my phone. 

I don’t play video games or I would rant on how Pong went crazy and Atari, Nintendo and the rest followed. Don’t really know and don’t even care.

My first real television set that I bought for myself was a 19-inch color. It was 1979. TVs have gone from 25-inch console sets in wooden cabinets to miniature ones that used batteries to wrist watch ones to projection to flat screen to plasma to LED to LCD to 3D. What used to need a cabinet or stand now hangs on the wall.   

While all of these things and so many more I haven’t mentioned have upgraded, changed and morphed into more compact, faster and better items, I am so thankful that the format of the human being hasn’t changed a bit.

Babies still eat, cry and need their diapers changed twenty times a day. 

One-year-olds still bother every other older child and try to take anything they have. 

Two-year-olds still go through a rough patch in the transition from baby to toddler and it makes them seem “terrible” and they will bite if given the chance. 

Three-year-olds would still much rather play by themselves than join into group activities and think sharing is for the birds. 

Four-year-olds still tattle and will argue until doomsday the unfairness of everything in their world. 

Five-year-olds still seem like they’re going on fourteen and once they get into school, they know it all and if they don’t, then their teacher does. 

Teenagers still think their parents don’t remember anything about being young.

The rest of us, the older we get the more we realize just how much our parents actually know or knew about just about everything. 

And the older we get, the faster time goes, too.

As I close the gate, I guess we’ll be forever wondering why.

Farmers always still think it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry.


Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, I’m Nancy Kraayenhof.


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