Tonawanda News — I was torn between amusement and dismay. (And, OK, maybe just a little bit of jealousy.) Wouldn’t the child prefer a doll? What about a Tonka truck? Are we really giving iPads to preschoolers these days?
But on the other hand ... how cool. How utterly amazing that in this day and age, a child can be exposed to something with so much potential at such a young and formative age. She’ll grow up knowing things that I don’t know at 38, and she’ll be comfortable with technology those 10 times her age occasionally find confounding.
It’s amazing, really.
In the end — as with so many things — I think it’s about balance. The cool gadget ... and the toy pirate ship. The music player upgrade ... and the action figures.
And as this column was nearly finished, I had the following exchange:
I’ve been pestering Jim since mid-November about what he wants for Christmas. He ignores me for the most part, or tells me with a big grin, “I want a Christmas milkshake.” (Translation: Eggnog.) OK, then.
But I asked him again tonight as I was tucking him into bed, expecting that imp grin and another halfway joking request.
Instead, he looked me straight in the eyes and said decisively, “I want a choo-choo train.”
Long live imagination.Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.