I have some pretty fond memories of my Dad, a math teacher, bringing home one of the (or maybe it was the) Apple II computers from work when I was in first or second grade. That’s how I got introduced to computers (and where I learned how to spell catalog). It’s also where I spent a lot of time learning economics and running my own lemonade stand (iPhone version here).
Flash forward 30 some years and I find I’m doing the same with my two children and weirdly enough on Apple computers (first computer I owned was Commdore 64 followed by an Amiga and then some Gateway running Windows in 1995 – only recently went back to Apple). My son spends his time in KidZui (which to him is the same as pbskids.org) and my daugther does drawing with Tux Paint (on an 8 year-old Powerbook, but she doesn’t seem to notice or care).
My son recently asked me if he could have my black MacBook when he is older. I laughed, sure, but I haven’t any idea what computers will look like 30 years from now!
2 thoughts on “doing as my father did”
Your story is wonderful, and exactly parallels my own life (C64 – Amiga 2000 – Gateway 2000 running Win95 … – recently switched to Apple). I’ve also done what you’re doing with my own daughters, who appear to be about the same age as your two. We spend a lot of time on pbskids.org as well 🙂
I thought spelling was “catalogue” 😛
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