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…!Yadhtrib S’nylorac ta Kcab Gnikool

May 17, 2012

…!Yadhtrib S’nylorac ta Kcab Gnikool      Really!

Yes …!Yadhtrib S’nylorac ta Kcab Gnikool

Do you need a hint?  Hold your computer monitor up to a mirror and read it again… this manuever actually works better if you have a laptop.  Google is of no help and spell-check really doesn’t like ‘…!Yadhtrib S’nylorac ta Kcab Gnikool’ …imagine that!

…!Yadhtrib S’nylorac ta Kcab Gnikool is ‘Looking back at Carolyn’s Birthday’ (written backwards).  Our oldest daughter, Carolyn, was born on May 18th, thirty-one years ago (in 1981 for those of you unwilling to do the math).

Carolyn is sooo old that she was born before the modern technological world was even invented.  In 1981, the first mass marketed personal computers were less than four years old, IBM released their first PC, and the internet and cell phones were still to be commercially developed.

The pictures I took when Carolyn was born took several days to be developed and printed.  There were no One Hour Photo Stands in those days (and once again there are none)…

I used our home phone to make brief calls (we paid for long distance by the minute – less at night, more during the day) to tell our family that Carolyn was born.  We even had to physically send her baby pictures to relatives – yes, hand writing out each address, licking stamps and envelopes…

That was then and this is now… I can’t speak for Carolyn’s technology usage but today I:  read the Seattle times on-line, looked at several websites, talked on my cellphone, used e-mail, did several Google searches, checked antique selling prices on eBay, watched a you-tube video, listened to an on-line radio station, used a computer program to record antique sales, swiped a customer’s credit card, looked at an inventory spreadsheet, printed a computer receipt, took some digital photos, researched buying some decorative flags, wrote a Blog post, and the computer even changed misspelled words for me… All of this was impossible to do when Carolyn was born.

I don’t have a smart phone and I don’t twitter, tweet , flutter, text, or even look at facebook – just think of everything that I’m missing… there is so much more available for our use in this digital age.

There was no way to have predicted the changes that have occurred or the opportunities that Carolyn has had… who would have thought that Walla Walla girl,  Carolyn, would go to college at Wittenberg University, in Ohio, and then attend graduate school at Georgetown University?

When Carolyn was born, in 1981, Bulgaria was still a communist country.  However twenty-seven years later, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria and she is still there teaching and Blogging about her experiences…

Neither Carolyn nor the world looks the same as it did thirty-one years ago… who knows what it will look like in thirty-one more years.

Happy Birthday!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. karolinka27 permalink*
    May 19, 2012 12:33 am

    dAd! Thanks so much for such a beautiful post. And I can’t get over the baby photos. It’s hard to imagine that I was once so little.

    • May 19, 2012 7:53 pm

      Carolyn,
      I’m glad that you liked the post… sometimes milestones such as Birthdays have a funny way of directing our thoughts both backward and forward in time… Whitman College Graduation is tomorrow and there has been quite a bit of (student) activity in the neighborhood – I just said to your MoM that it reminded me of Springfield when you Graduated… dAd

  2. Ruth permalink
    May 19, 2012 12:33 pm

    Wonderful, Dave. This really reminds us of just how much change there has been in our kids’ lives. Way more than we experienced in our first 30 years; the moon landing didn’t have the universal impact that computers have had during their lifetime. It’s also fun to see some of the baby clothes that later were worn briefly by Carolyn’s cousin, our daughter Beth. Such nostalgia!

    • May 19, 2012 7:44 pm

      Thank you Ruth,

      Technology has certainly changed! However as “Baby Boomers” we lived through some pretty amazing sociological changes – the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall – without that Beth never would have been able to live in Russia… all change but in a different way.
      Dave

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