My grandfather came to my house for supper. He's kind of hard of hearing, so conversation is louder than usual, and I had a headache.
I turn the conversation back to a topic that interests me: the iPad. We sat deliberating the various pros and cons of this new gadget, and grandpa was all lost. He asked what we were talking about, so my mother attempted to explain.
"The iPad is similar to the iPod, but it's bigger and has more capabilities."
Grandad was still lost. "Whats an iPod?"
I disappeared under the table in a fit of giggles. Mom kicked me and tried to explain. "It's a device that plays music."
He didn't seem to appreciate this. "I have a cassette player at home, it also plays music."
I had to defend my turf. I started to explain. I held up my iPod touch. "This little thing can hold your entire cassette collection."
My grandfather didn't get it. "But how could you get cassettes onto that?"
I explained. My mother explained. My father explained. My sister explained. At last, grandpa seemed to get it.
He nodded. "This thing does sound impressive." All around the table, heads nodded in agreement. Granddad continued. "In fact, if they keep on perfecting that thing-" he glanced over at my touch. "It might one day be as good as a cassette!"