College Bound

David and Dad

I came across the above photo recently, and it got me thinking about how some things change and other things stay the same.  It’s a picture of my oldest son, David.   Not a recent picture.  He looks a little different now (so do I).  Tomorrow Michelle and I will help him move into his dorm room at the University of Oklahoma.  It’s a long list of dorm life must-haves.  Many of them I had when I went to college… sheets (I never washed), mirror (never looked at), tv (only a few channels back then), deodorant (hey, I was in college in the 70’s, not 60’s), etc.  But times sure have changed in other ways.  I don’t think my kids have ever seen a typewriter.   He may never set foot inside the library, or even have to.  He’s got a laptop.  Need to know something?  Google it.  I asked him where he’s going to put his 8 track tapes and LPs.  Ipods Dad!  I had a poster of Farrah Fawcett (God rest her soul) and Reggie (not Michael) Jackson on the wall.  I’ll be interested to see who he puts up.   My first year of college was 1976. Lots of Wite-Out.   Jimmy Carter, Patty Hearst, Bicentennial, “Son of Sam”, Legionnaires’ Disease, Cold War, Hotel California (as in Eagles), the Concorde.  But despite 33 years, some things are still the same.  The Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl (led by Terry Bradshaw), and are defending champions today.  The Apple computer company is formed (it’s what I’m writing this on now).  And a group called U2 gets together for a few gigs.  David has tickets to a U2 concert in Norman in October.  Hey, I’m starting to feel a little better already.  That is until I see him drive away in his Infiniti G35 Coupe.  I don’t remember that as I headed to college in 1976.  Google Datsun B210 “Honey Bee” and you’ll see what I mean.  Times have certainly changed!  By the way, I made him show me how to set up Skype on my laptop last night.  I want to stay in touch.  Talk to him every night.  See his eyes.  Just like my parents did.  Technology may change, but moms and dads never do.

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