Time To Write — Back in the Day

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“What’s that?” My granddaughter asked me, eyeing what was in my hands.

“It’s a book,” I responded.

“What does it do?” she asked me.

“It doesn’t do anything,” I said. “It’s a book, you open it up and you read it.”

She reached out her small hands towards me and asked, “Can I see it?” I handed it to her. She examined it, turning it over in her hands several times. “How do you turn it on?” she asked.

“You don’t turn it on,” I explained. “You open it up and read it.”

“You already said that, Grandpa,” she pointed out. “How does it work?”

“Come sit on my lap and I’ll show you,” I said. I gave her a hand as she climbed upon my lap. Once she was situated, I put the book into her hands and told her to lift the cover, which she did.

She looked intently at the first page of the book. “What are these?” she asked, pointing to the markings on the page.

“Those are letters and they are used together to create words,” I explained. But I could tell that she didn’t understand. So I started reading the words on the pages. She was fascinated, but still confused.

“This is how we learned when I was your age,” I explained. “Reading books like this was entertaining as well as informative.”

“So you had to read a book like this to learn things?” She asked.

“Yes,” I said. “I read many, many books. I loved reading books. But we didn’t have eKnowlege implants like you have today. We had to read books back in the day.”


Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write prompt for this week.

19 thoughts on “Time To Write — Back in the Day

    • Fandango June 15, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      I hope it never happens also, but I do admit that I read most of the books I read on my iPhone, so I guess having to “turn it on” is relevant in my case.

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  1. Sight11 June 15, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Don’t want that to happen, but you don’t get what you want. Do you now, Sensei?

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    • Fandango June 15, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      I wonder if reading will become a lost art at some point in the future.

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      • Sight11 June 15, 2018 / 5:43 pm

        I hope not. I still enjoy Crime and Punishment not to mention Mayor of Casterbridge is my favourite novel, Hardy my favourite novelist.

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  2. leigha66 June 17, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I really hope it never gets to this point! I love to hold a book in my hands still and feel the pages as I turn them.

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    • Fandango June 17, 2018 / 3:32 pm

      You’re a dying breed, I’m afraid. I’ve pretty much made the transition to ebooks, when I can carry my entire library on my iPhone. But I do, on occasion, miss the feel and the smell of physical books.

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      • leigha66 June 17, 2018 / 11:06 pm

        Thank you! I thought I was the only one that liked the smell of books… they do have a smell. I feel a little less crazy now! LOL

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  3. Michael June 17, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    There’s a wonderful children’s book called, “Its a Book” and deals with the same points you raise in your post.

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