What did we do without…..

While waiting for my turn at the microwave at work today, I was having one of those mundane conversations comprised of “what in the world did we ever do before microwaves” and “it’s amazing how long one minute can seem”.

Nothing new there, but it got me thinking. What did we do before microwaves? I thought about my parents who both passed away about 25 years ago, and how they would be amazed if they could see all the changes that have taken place since then.

Here’s a few things that my parents never got to experience that are an integral part of my own life today:

1. Microwaves
2. Personal cell phones
3. Personal computers (laptops!)
4. The internet (and blogs!)
5. DVD players (or VCR’s for that matter!)
6. Satellite radio
7. iPods
8. Digital cameras
9. Sony eReader (or Kindle!)

I can’t help but wonder what will be on a that my children and grandchildren write someday!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I often think that I will write about using my microwave, cell phone, laptop, etc. and my grandchildren or great-grandchildren will say, “What WAS THAT???

  2. My 39 year old son still thinks I lived in the ice age especially when I tell him that we didn’t have tv when I was young and the ice man brought a block of ice for our refrigerator! LOL!

  3. Our microwaves and cellphones will be their vinyl records. I guess food will soon come in containers that self-heat, and Internet wifi chips will be implanted at birth. 🙂

  4. It’s amazing what has been invented or altered in my lifetime….!

  5. I often think about these things as well. I can remember growing up in a house of 7 people and we didn’t have a microwave or a color TV. We had 3 maybe 4 channels to watch on our little black and white. I can remember a time of no pagers, cell phones and just the single line phone (actually a party line). I still say and will continue to say that even though our new “electronic gadgets” are nice and convenient we depend way too much on them. What would happen if we had a major black out? The kids of today wouldn’t know what to do. Our power went out for a few hours and my boys went into a panic. I looked at them, gave them each a candle and pointed them in the direction of the bookshelf…heehee.

  6. When my SIL spoke at my grandfathers funereal..he mentioned that…"Grandpa, had lived from horse and buggy to space shuttle"……hard to believe! What will we experience in the TECH Age!!>???

  7. Great topic Linda. I loved reading it and the comments that followed. It sure made me think!

  8. I think about that now and then like last night when a man on tv mentioned the flip side. We immediately knew he meant a record but we know our daughter wouldn’t have a clue!

  9. I like to keep a little of old in my house for my children. They know what a type writer is, an old phone (rotary hangs on my kitchen wall inside a phone booth, root thru my blog for pic). Record player still works and teen loves the old vinyls. As well I always introduced them to shoe laces long before I gave them velcro. And they were each required to learn how to drive a manual before an automatic car. I wanted them to have the knowledge of both. 😀

  10. Pat – It’s strange to think of our grandchildren wondering about our modern high tech gadgets, isn’t it?
    Donna – The literal ice age!
    Angie – I’m not sure I like the idea of wifi chips being implanted in us…ewwww
    Kathryn – it really is, isn’t it!
    Ang – you’ve got the right idea. As wonderful as technology is, there’s no substitute for a good old fashioned book to read!
    Boomer – imagine that there are probably people alive today who have been alive in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries!
    Carmen – thanks! And welcome!
    Terri – it’s funny when our kids don’t get our jargon. When my daughter was first expecting her baby, I mentioned the phrase “the rabbit died” and she didn’t have a clue what I meant.
    Kim – sounds like you’ve given your children a good foundation. I like to keep old things around my house as well. Maybe someday they’ll be treasures to my grandchildren

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