The seventh post in a 60-post series on turning 60.
Imagine opening the Sunday Washington Post on May 5, 2013 -- one month before your 60th birthday -- and seeing the year of your birth used as an example of "the olden days". In the Kid's section, no less.
Yeah, some kid wanted to know, so the Post "decided to look back to 30 years ago (when your parents were probably kids) and 60 years ago (when your grandparents were kids [and Flannista was born] to find how life was different from today."
Click here to access a graphic on how a kid's life has changed over six decades. Below is a photo of that graphic that Flann has kept open on a small desk in her large writing room, hoping the whole thing was a mistake. That first graphic doesn't really say 1953, DOES IT???!!!
In a comment to yesterday's post on how technology impedes intimacy and compassion, PEACEsista asked, "The distance between people began with the low-technology of television, didn't it?" You are right, PEACEsista. Check out the three graphics. Notice how mom is gone in 2013, replaced by dad in headphones. Other differences are interesting, too, but television seems to be at the center of everything.
By the way, there is no way Flann played with dolls when she was a kid. The girl in these graphics needs a sparkling set of six shooters.