Monday, November 30, 2009

Keeping Up with the Joneses, I Mean... the Kids!

One of my favorite commercials growing up was this:

A ten-year-old boy goes off to sleep-away camp. His parents are home crying. The neighbor asks, "What's the matter? Do you miss your son?" They answer, "No, we can't program our VCR without him!" CUT TO: Parents go out and buy a new easy-to-program VCR. CUT AGAIN: Kid is reading a letter at camp and starts to cry. Friend says, "What's the matter? Are you homesick?" He answers, "No, but my parents don't need me anymore!"

This commercial really hit home! Time and time again, I would ask my Dad to tape a show only to come home and find out he had accidentally set it for AM instead of PM or he had had the TV set on the wrong channel and had recorded fuzz.

Now, I am the ancient imbecile. My kids are way ahead of me. At three and a half, my daughter had to show me how to take photos with my cell phone. And now, in kindergarten, she not only has a blog, but she got a vlog up!!!!

Boy, I'd better get with the program!

21 comments:

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I totally relate to what you're saying. My kindergarten son had to teach my husband how to use a smartboard!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

The world is doomed. The computers have programmed the children. ;)

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha! Tricia, I wouldn't go that far. Her vlog is pretty darned cute!

Word Designer said...

Kids are so much smarter now than when I was a kid. Come to think of it, they were so much smarter, tnen, too.
Word Designer
Architect of Prose

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Too funny! It's the same at our house. The Boy had to show The Man how to put his cell phone on speaker the other day.

Amy Tate said...

Oh my, that IS scary. You know, I struggle with my children's math homework too. I can't believe the sort of problems that they have to do in 4th grade!

Tess said...

Ha! That's classic.

classic.

Susan R. Mills said...

Yeah, my kids are the only ones who can get our DVD player to work. I'll go check out her Vlog.

Tamika: said...

Coin me imbecile number three! What is a vlog?!

School me Corey!

Corey Schwartz said...

Ha! Tamika, it is video-blog!

beth said...

AW! This reminds me of my parents right now...but makes me fear my kids when they grow up!

hytime said...

In all fairness, when your dad was supposed to program the VCR, he knew it was over his head and delegated that duty to the dog.
Love,
Dad

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Corey! I'm passing along an award to you and your great blog. Stop by Book Dreaming today to see which one! :)

Kim said...

I can 100%, totally relate! Can't wait for the little ballerina to get home and check out the vlog.

Oh, and cool purchase with your advance! :)

storyqueen said...

Another ancient imbecile here.

Wow.

A vlog.

Gonna have to hop on over.....

Solvang Sherrie said...

Yeah, my kids know how to use more apps on my iPod Touch than I do :)

Natalie said...

I can't take a picture with a cell phone either-- you are not alone.

Kelly H-Y said...

That is too cute!

Tess said...

Corey: came over to respond to your offer - yes, I'd be interested in a guest post - but couldn't find that blog. Whats the url? It sounds like an interesting blog that I'd like to be following anyway

and thanks for sharing the joy :D

Shelli said...

does she write that herself or do you help her? she's amazing!

shouldnt the ad be talking about DVD and not VCRs?? ;)

Corey Schwartz said...

She dictates, I type.

And there no DVDs when I was a kid. I am that old!