Nana how was technology when you were 7 years old?
Nana, how was technology when you were 7 years old? So a few years ago I asked my 6, 7 and 8 year old grandchildren when my husband and I were invited to our respective schools to enjoy morning tea.
And later they took us to their classes to proudly show off our current work. We were also asked to give them a little information about what our school life was like when we were their age.
It opened up all kinds of wonderful ‘stuff’ for them. Naturally he assumed that technology was forever. Ours, then, was another world entirely.
One that would be alien to our grandchildren nowadays. I love the utter disbelief on their young faces when we tell them we don’t have a TV, no TV, no phone, no computer, no iPod, no iPad?
entertainment without technology
We created our own entertainment using our imaginations, whatever we could find. To make a tent, old sheets to hold it up with sticks and sticks. A steel bucket with a wooden plank produced a great c-saw. Just to mention a couple.
Nowadays I have an orchestra in my handbag, my Samsung mobile phone, which I cannot live without. I also have an iPod, which is a bit old today, yet I love listening to all my favorite classical pieces I keep in my pocket!
good fun without technology
Cars were a luxury for most people anyway. Obviously, my father was not a good candidate to drive. As a result, he used to ride a bike and loved cycling, swimming, hiking in the mountains. And he took us all with him. We also went to most places by train, one by steam.
My dad put a small seat in the handlebar of his bike and the other on the rear wheel, because we had a lot of kids in the family, he could carry two of us at once. What did we enjoy?
How on earth did we live, there is no point in our lives to entertain ourselves without anything technical! We had a great time though.
innocence intelligence and wisdom
I love the innocence of my grandchildren, as well as their intelligence at the same time. And their confidence and knowledge of all things technical.
However, how happy we would all be if children could experience another kind of freedom. Freedom to go to school without an adult. Play happily on the street with all the kids in the neighborhood.
school in the old days
We had an easy childhood and most of us were unaware of what real stress is. We were so protected from the worries, adult news, activities, and fears of growing up.
We had our own set of small fears.
No one was talking about himself. As a result, we had to remain silent all the time and speak only when we talked and only then answer questions. Children to be seen but not heard was the unbelievable motto of our times.
We got a smack in the hand of a ruler. Smacking was legal in many schools around the world at this time. It was given only for a wrong answer to a spelling, arithmetic or reading question. Cross for the curriculum in most schools at that time.
coping with stress
Did I say we don’t have any stress? I seem to contradict what I have said, because of course we did. in school, but somehow, we managed to cope on our own most of the time. It is better not to bring our parents into it.
Our children and grandchildren have an easier and more enjoyable time at school. I especially marvel at the fun that happens in the primary years. Children are listened to, they have freedom of speech and they are not afraid to speak their mind. And at the same time they also learn a sense of responsibility.
technology in the past
However, we grandparents enjoyed our happy days.
That was school, and “tech” at 7 o’clock for me and my husband.
6 Siblings and Happy Memories
However, it technology question Brings back childhood memories.
I’m one of 7 kids and while we didn’t have anything like the toys or clothes that kids nowadays expect to have, we had a lot of happy times growing up.
And although my father was an accountant earning a decent salary, it had to be shared with a family of 9. So, naturally we children also had to share toys with each other.
Since most families in those days were very large, we were all the same in the toy department, so we were more than happy to swap with our friends on our street.
Our clothes were always of good quality because with 4 girls and 3 boys all they had to “hand over”, the eldest and youngest got everything new! A good recycling practice, although no one thought of it that way at the time. But we never felt a hard job.
Music & Entertainment
Growing up without this amazing technology, we had to entertain ourselves. In our house we were encouraged to learn piano.
Since we didn’t have a piano in the beginning, our elderly neighbors were overjoyed to see my eldest brother (a very promising young classic pianist) practice on the piano.
One of our neighbors was a music teacher, so those of us who loved to play took our first lessons from him. Eventually we moved home and our parents bought our own piano which was heaven.
My brother just took off and became the most talented classical musician. I think I was the next serious student, although I never quite achieved his level. Still, I played, loved it, and still do to this day.
grandson and music
One of our 4 grandchildren took piano lessons in school for many years. She was also very nice and loved him. But since she was not going to pursue a career in music, she had to give up her lessons to focus on her schoolwork. However, this is something she might fall for at other times.
I am also very happy to say that one of our grandsons started learning to play the bagpipes at a very young age and now plays beautifully with the Scottish Regalia at the age of 14.
Music is so important and I wish it was considered more in the school curriculum. In my opinion kids need this for relaxation more than ever.
Next question from my grandson.
So, Nana, how was the summer vacation when you were 7 years old?
Ah, the summer holidays.
Till next time!