The Quirings Try to Talk About Technology

by Kathleen Quiring on February 17, 2012

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 it’s not his. At least I think it was an iPad. It was a big, flat screen. Wait, wasn’t he selling his iPhone? Maybe he upgraded to an iPad.

B (laughing): An iPad is not a phone. That wouldn’t 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 don’t know what that is. Does it having anything to do with the Mario Brothers?

B: Yeah . . . I think so. It’s a game kind of like Tetris. Only with, like, coloured capsules.

K: Oh, I think I played that at my cousin’s 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. It’s 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?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 PepperReed February 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

LOL! My husband and I are in our 40′s and we have the same conversations. WE do have an iMac, but our phones are not ‘smart’… they’re more like 1 step up from a tin-can and string! We’re not quite Luddite’s, but we don’t get the ever growing obsession with the latest and greatest ‘just because’ it’s there.


2 Heather G February 20, 2012 at 8:02 pm

LOL, love it. Keep in mind that although I do know what an iPad is, I still can’t figure out why one would want one. A piece of technology halfway between a laptop and a phone, but with the full capabilities of neither? How does that help??


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