Thursday, December 15, 2005

Narnia in Color and other Technological Wonders

Chloe is very excited to see The Chronicles of Narnia. We tried to get in last Friday, but of course, most of the shows were sold out. She was so very, very disappointed.

I told her that this weekend we will go see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (she makes me say each word, abbreviating the title is not accepted). The anticipation for this is building into something greater than Christmas. Each day on the way home from school she asks excitedly, "Mom, is it the weekend yet? Are we going to movie today?"

"No, it's only Monday (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). We have 5 (4,3,2) more days to wait."

Yesterday, after I put her off again, she burst into tears as we were crossing the street. "But, but Mom," her lower lip quivered, "it won't be COLORED then. Waaaaaahhhhhh."

??? "Huh? It won't be colored?"

"It will be old and turn to BLACK and WHITE!" she wailed.

Five-year-old logic, but good logic nonetheless. She's seen a black and white movie, asks where the color is, and I tell her it is an old movie. Therefore, if a new movie becomes old, it will lose it's color. And the tragedy is, which she really believed, if she doesn't see The Chronicles of Narnia right away, like TODAY, it might become old and she'll only get to see it in black and white. I could barely suppress my chuckles as I soothed her in my arms.

Imagine this, while our children may occasionally see a black and white film when their grandparents get nostalgic, they will never know of a time when the Internet did not exist. (Unless Armageddon really does come to bring about the end of the world as we know it - or worse - the Internet.)

Back in the day, my father was somewhat of a computer maverick. As a young girl I remember visiting him at work to see IT - an enormous piece of machinery the size of a New York City apartment that spit out punch cards. Today, my laptop the size of a notebook, has probably over 100 million times the computing power than that magnificent machine. "Big deal, Mom." I can imagine my daughter saying in about 10 years.

During his last visit, my dad gave me a beautiful memento - my birth announcement. It was made on one such computer. It says,

"It's true computers are here to stay;
and, Thea Jon (my sister) has found a way
for automation to help her say
her baby sister arrived today."

That was more than 38 years ago.

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