In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “First!.”

Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

After many years of experiencing life, there are many firsts, I can easily recall, starting with the birth of my first born, my first day at Boy Scout Camp, My first day of High School, my first day and night of College, and theres a story, I will never tell.

However, one of my favorite memories is the day I plugged the monitor into the computer, I bought my son.

He sat in front of the computer and I sat behind him, as we listened to the dial up tones connecting to the internet via AOL. We, both smiled as we watched the monitor screen ignite with the Microsoft 95 logo.

Desk top computer

Suddenly my son, turned to me and innocently asked “What type of computer did you have when you were growing up dad?”

The question surprised and astonished me beyond belief, as I sat completely dumbfounded for about five seconds. I was brought back to reality when I heard the dial up signal attempting a second time to connect to AOL.

I tried to recall a piece of technology I possessed at the age of twelve, and I could only imagine a desk top calculator my mother used for my father’s business.

Early 70's Calculator

When I told my son abou the large electical calculator and I grew up without a computer, his eyes widen with surprise. I went on to explain that math teachers refused to allow a student to use the expensive small hand held calculators in the classroom.

Heck, the only piece of technology I possessed was a SST racer.

He again looked at me with a perplexed look, as I tried to explain the SST that is in the Youtube video below.

There will always be “First’s”  of  many of life’s great moments, however none are as memorable as those with family and friends.

By Expedition Nomadic Adventurer

As a retiree travel blogger touring the US, voicing my wisdom, opinion, and thoughts about the retirement lifestyle and life in general. I'm an aspiring pre-published indie author of baby boomer romance and adventures with a whimsical comedic side. I photograph wildlife and landscapes, mountain, biking, kayaking, hiking, and backpacking. I travel the back roads and highways of America, Canada, and Mexico, documenting my adventures via print and photography.

4 thoughts on ““My First””
  1. This reminds me of the YouTube channel “Kids React…” In the series, they sometimes have children react to older forms of technology. In one clip, it showed the kids reacting to old computers. It was quite hilarious. I hope you have been well thus far, as you and the family embrace this new year with open arms

    1. The first of the year has been great for me and the family. I hope all is well with yours as we all go forward into 2015 with hope and love in our hearts and mind.

  2. I found an old VIC20 computer from the 1980s a while ago and it was incredible to see how fast technology has moved!

    1. It is truly the first time in human history that progress has moved forward in leaps and bounds within a twenty to thirty year period.

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