My granddaughter Amelia, (pictured here with her dad, my son) is a very recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of NC State and I am extremely proud of her. She knows her Grandma well and even lived with me for a year when she was 11. She acknowledges that I am a thrifty old geezer and probably the only person known to her that has never owned a dishwasher.
Let me set the record straight however. I embrace this new world of technology and love emailing, blogging, and searching the web. It’s just that, like so many of us at my age, I do not understand the complexities of it all.
I am also thrifty, as I mentioned. I was born in 1933 and I can remember those years of deprivation where nothing went to waste. This has never left me and I am constantly appalled at the cost of all these electronic gadgets on the market today.
And this brings me back to Amelia. She is determined to bring me into the 21stCentury and I think it’s working. She presented me with a one cup Kuerig coffee maker last Christmas and this year for my 80th birthday she and her fiancé completely floored me with their gift …a Kindle Fire.
She knows how much I love to read and thought it would be perfect for me. I was thrilled, of course, but in the back of my mind I couldn’t help but think how expensive it was going to be to buy all those books on the Kindle. I am a voracious reader but my books come from the library or I buy them for next to nothing at yard sales or Used Book stores.
Imagine my delight when I found out that you can actually use the Kindle as a library card. In my state it’s called “The NC Digital Library” and now I can order books on line and have two weeks to read them … just as I would the old fashioned way! I also took a tutorial (while learning how to set up the digital library) and am slowly getting to know my way around the “Kindle world”… so once again our two generations have joined forces and I can’t thank Amelia enough.
Who could ask for a sweeter granddaughter ???