Hey Google can you write this newsletter for me?
Not that I expected anything to happen. But then there was a time when it incomprehensible that people everywhere would be chatting on tiny telephone devices that they carried around with them. And just about everyone would have one... even the children.
Why would I suddenly be pondering this subject? Well you may ask.
The answer is that I was recently wandering through an antique store with my 20-something daughter when we came across an old glass milk bottle. If you were around before the 1980s you will no doubt remember the bottles with the silver lid that you pressed your thumb on to open.
I proceeded to explain this to my daughter and I also told her how we would leave the empty bottles at our front door with the money and a note advising the milkman how many new full bottles of milk we would need left.
Firstly, my daughter was shocked that we would leave money so obviously sitting on the front balcony. But then she was fascinated by my story and impressed that the system paved the way for a simple recycling option.
It was at that point I decided to share a few other blasts from the past.
She was horrified by my story about the 'dunny can man' who would visit many homes on a weekly basis. She was shocked that many homes didn't having flushing toilets; she was horrified that anyone would have the job of delivering empty dunny cans and carrying away, on their shoulders, the full cans used the previous week.
A regular reminder of a bygone way of life comes up whenever the television remote control goes missing in our home. My husband and I are quick to wander down Memory Lane to a time when we had to change channels with a nob on the television and furthermore, we remind our children, there were only two to four channels depending on where you lived.
But of course even the remote control has been superseded in many homes. Just ask 'Hey Google'.
The above ponderings only slip back in time about 40 to 50 years. Wind the clock back a little further and there was no television, and people would leave out milk cans for filling. Many would dig a hole to empty that dunny can.
I wonder what activities of the early 21st century will have future generations marveling at how things have changed?
In all fairness, I hope Google will never be able to write newsletters or stories. That would make me obsolete and a story from the past.
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