This wasn’t our first shared “Smithsonian” moment. It reminded me of a time when she was six. Then she wasn’t responding to an unknown item we owned, but instead to a supposed everyday object pictured in a children’s identification book. This common item was prominently featured among things like “cats” and “spoons” and “televisions.” For about five minutes I was horrified.
The lovely senior citizen featured in the video communicates with far flung children and grandchildren via a Twitter account. No computer is required. She uses Celery, a computerless email system that allows her to fax handwritten notes and have them translated and posted to Twitter. Sometimes this modern grandmother even uses the system to send that retro thing called “email.”
I like the part near the beginning when she speaks about the Celery system’s advantages. She says that it best meets her needs because her daughter talks too much.
I’m betting ye old telephones are not recognized by the average kindergartner of today.
(But I’m also guessing my family is almost alone in not recognizing irons)