My son, Andrew, has this “money antenna.” It is truly amazing, he can set his mind that he wants to buy something and then the money magically appears. The other night he told me he wanted a 3GS I-phone. I asked him what that would cost and he said somewhere around $30 for a refurbished one. As much as he is literally attached to his cell phone I know that it means a lot to him, and he would get the utility out of it to justify the purchase price. About an hour later the phone rang and the caller asked for Andrew. Upon asking her why she wanted Andrew, she told me that she was calling from a research company and wanted to pay him $40 for his opinion on some new snack foods. Okay, so she basically called to tell me that she was going to buy him a 3GS I-phone, feed him, ask him some questions and then give him an extra $10??? What a money antenna!
So I took him to the research center and we sat in a waiting room full of other teenage money magnets, who all seemed to be texting their friends, too. I have never really watched the process of a kid texting before, and that night I was blown away. The skill and dexterity that those little buggers have is amazing!
As I sat there waiting for my “snacker-for-hire” I thought about the teachings of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. That book is in my Library of Ten books to read. “For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you can not visit, not even in your dreams.” I reflected on this, Andrew, his generation, the I-phone and my secret desire to use a Smart Phone myself. On the way home I asked him if he would teach me how to use an I-phone if I also bought one for myself. After he agreed, I thought back on Gibran’s commentary. Yes, they belong in tomorrow, but they can still teach us tomorrow’s apps today!
–this message was sent from my I-phone