That same Christmas, someone in the family bought my grandparents the same two appliances.
When we went to visit our grandparents, we asked, "Aren't you excited, Ma and Pa?"
Crickets. Side glances. Eye rolls. That's the response we got.
"I don't need this," my grandfather pointed at the VCR that now sat on top of his television. "I don't even go to the movies. Why would I watch them at home?"
"I like my pots and ny oven. If I need to heat something up, they work just fine. That microwave is taking up my counter space." My Grandmother chimed in.
I remember being a young teen and completed flabbergasted. Wow, they were really missing out, I thought.
Fast-forward to today, my grandparents are long gone, but their memories, seem to be replaying in my mind, through a new lens. As I now reach middle age, I watch as people younger than me race to buy the latest phone, the coolest video games, and anything tech related. I find myself asking, do I really need this, while I long for the days when we only had to answer the phone when it rang, and we were home.
The VCR and Microwave sat in my grandparent’s home, untouched for a few months. One day, we went to visit and they were gone. The relative who gave them the gifts ended up taking them over to his own house. My grandparents went on to live to ripe old ages, perfectly happy, without that breakthrough technology.
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