I was at the grocery store yesterday, gathering up the things that are essential to my life running smoothly. My list varies week to week, mostly season to season. The same things that sound good in the summer are off the list now and I am beginning my fall foods. Soups, casseroles, Crockpot meals. When I first married in 1970, my grocery list was short and sweet. The budget allowed $10 a week or we didn't have enough for rent, utilities and gas for the car. One car, by the way. We had one phone and one bathroom then. Years later after the girls were born we still had one bathroom and one phone until they were teenagers. There was plenty of griping as we entered the 1980's and we were "the only family" who didn't have two phones or two tv's or a vcr... you can fill.in.the.blank. cause we didn't have a lot of things that every other household had.... according to our daughters!
Slowly we went over to the other side, the "Jones" side of the street where peer pressure takes hold and then after you have two phones, or two cars or two refrigerators you realize... "Hey, this is living!" You get used to not having to run to the living room to get the phone, and it coincides with our getting older and lazier! By the time the girls were grown, we had multiple tv's and vcr's... just in time for them to be obsolete and we had to start all over. Dvd players then dvr's, at least the programing got easier!
It's good that it came in stages or we'd never have been able to learn it all. Plug and play/wireless technology is changing our lives for the better. We can forget about reading the instruction book that comes with a new toy... oh wait, we've always done that!