Youngsters are more often quick-witted than not

Education has come a long way since we went to school. It’s embarrassing that we can get “out-thought” by those grade schoolers, but it happens more frequently than what we oldsters want to admit.
For example: A youngster was asked by her teacher, “What’s the capitol of Nebraska?” The youngster smiled and quickly answered, “N.”
Many years ago I was challenged when our kids would question me about history, or some other classroom subject. I was proud if I could answer. But, as they advanced through the years of their high school classes I realized maybe I should enroll in their classes with the hope of rejuvenating a learning experience that I seemed to have lost. Now with today’s technology I sometimes feel I am a “lost soul” no matter what the subject is, unable to understand what is taking place in my everyday world.
I felt pretty lonely in this situation. However, I found I was not alone.
Just the other day I had a coffee break with another grandpa and he related an incident involving his granddaughters. He mentioned he had received a text message nearly a year ago from the little gals and the text message asked: “Papa, can you text?” He told us the story and smiled, “They’re still waiting for a text reply.”
I understand. First, I don’t have a cell phone and secondly, if I did, I haven’t learned to text.
I received a second “blow” when I admitted to a young friend about my inability to text and he said he had a classmate who could text behind her back so the teacher did not know she was using a iPhone in the classroom.
It is becoming more depressing every day as I see myself drifting backward while still hoping sometime I might catch up with this rapidly changing world.
Maybe I should follow the philosophy of the gentleman who observed a man is quieter as he grows older because he has more to keep quiet about.
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Enraged because her husband had left his money to someone else, the widow went at once to the monument  maker to have the inscription on her husband’s tombstone changed.
“Sorry,” said the man, “but you ordered ‘Rest in Peace’ and it can’t be changed.”
“Well, then,” returned the widow, “just add underneath ‘Till We Meet Again.’”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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