Kathleen: Did you see Pete showing Trinity his new iPad in church today?
Ben: Eye patch? Why the heck does Pete have an eye patch?
K: Not eye patch, iPad.
B: Oh, so now Pete has an iPad, too?
K: I dunno, maybe itâs not his. At least I think it was an iPad. It was a big, flat screen. Wait, wasnât he selling his iPhone? Maybe he upgraded to an iPad.
B (laughing): An iPad is not a phone. That wouldnât make any sense.
K: Well, whatever. It looked bigger than an iPhone.
B: An iPad is more like a digital board game.
K: A what?
B: A board game. I saw a kid using one on the plane on the way to Mexico. It looked fun. It looked kind of like Dr. Mario.
K: I donât know what that is. Does it having anything to do with the Mario Brothers?
B: Yeah . . . I think so. Itâs a game kind of like Tetris. Only with, like, coloured capsules.
K: Oh, I think I played that at my cousinâs one time. But anyways, now that I think about it, I think an iPad is more like a laptop. I remember people talking about it on Twitter. Itâs like a whole computer on one . . . thing. But it has no keyboard. The keyboard just . . . kind of . . . appears every once in a while. It works . . . like . . . magic or something.
The saddest part of this story? Ben and I are 28 and 26. We have since learned — kind of — what an iPad is. It is kind of like a magical laptop, right?