Our little road trip is officially over, we made it home last night and it really felt good to get back to sleep in our own bed, the trip was great and we did enjoy seeing the kids and playing with our Grandson Benjamin.
While there Benjamin noticed my pocket watch and was curious about it, I let him see it and told him what time it was, so after this a few times each day he would come to me, point and say “Papa-time”, I would pull out my watch and let him look, I always told him the time and he would repeat it, most times he would look at Cindy and say something like “Mimi-four forty six”
And another thing, in our digital world have you noticed no one counts back change, I remember when I was younger you always had your change counted back, say you bought something that cost $25.55, you pay with two twenties and you then hear, 25.55, 65, 75, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and ten makes forty as they hand you back your change.
Now days you make the same purchase and the clerk rings it up takes your two twenties and says, Thank you here is your change, or if your are lucky they say 14.45 is your change, but rarely does anyone count back change, I asked a young lady why she didn’t count back my change, and with a puzzled look she pointed at the screen and said, the computer tells me how much to give you back.
The more I tried to explain counting change to her the less she seemed to understand, I am glad I didn’t give her forty dollars and a nickel so I would get back 14.50, I actually did that once and almost had the kid quit because he didn’t know how to punch it in, or what to do with the nickel.
I stopped at the Toot and Scoot and bought myself a Coke, it rang up 1.25 so I gave the kid two dollars, he gave me back eleven dollars and forty three cents, I told him you only owe me seventy five cents, he looked at the screen and said I see my mistake and gave me another penny.
I pushed the change back to him, and said seventy five cents, look at your screen and count it back, he grinned and said, I don’t know what’s wrong with me, It says 11.45 now and pushed another penny my way, scratching my head I asked him what time it was, he looked at the screen and said, “Oh man I have been looking at the clock”
The Toot and Scoot incident is a scenario I can see happening if we don’t teach our kids to be more reliant on their brains rather than allowing a computer to completely do their thinking.
Telling time on a clock with hands and counting back change is two things I believe we need to teach our kids and grandkids, or else our time and change just may get all mixed up. I really don’t know if I can get myself accustomed to eating lunch at a little after seventy-five cents.