Into The Unknown

by Sherry Riter in Memory,Mom,Time

Looking at the stats of my blog is mesmerizing and almost incomprehensible.

If you sit and really contemplate the whole picture, it is still hard to grasp that technology is so readily available through a machine known as the computer.

I look at the scrolling NeoCounter on my blog every day and watch as the countries slowly scroll…South Africa, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, Canada, Austrailia… There are people in those countries that have accessed my blog and read it. They know about my daughter’s prom dress, our strawberry picking experience and the meal we ate at The Jefferson. Like me, they may have never traveled to another country and yet they are able to sit at a computer and look into my world many thousands of miles away.

It is mind boggling.

I attended a high school graduation this weekend. I remembered my “big day” and the excitement, hope and anticipation I felt for a future full of possibilities. One speaker directed her comments during the commencement exercises to maintaining determination and perseverance throughout life. Bill Gates was her example and she cited his accomplishments not only in the computer field, but also his volunteer work. Whether you like Bill Gates or not, it does not diminish the fact that he changed history with all he has accomplished in the computer industry.

I remember the days before the computer, VCR, CD, iPod, cell phone, video games, text messaging, microwave oven and cable television. I actually remember watching the first man walk on the moon on a black and white television. So much has happened in such a short amount of time. Life and the style in which we live it has dramatically changed even if we only compare it to the lives of our parents.

When my mother talks to her grandchildren about the days when there were outhouses, newspapered walls, drive-in movies, bobby socks and penny loafters, washing clothes on a scrub board, rock and roll music being banned, transistor radios, hula hoops and silly putty, it is impossible for them to comprehend that life.

There are an abundance of opportunities and technological advances that bombard us each day and most of them make our lives easier and faster. While enjoying the large array of modern conveniences, I hope that we don’t forget the things that really matter. I hope that we do not pursue only immediate gratification. There are so many wonderful experiences in life and it would be a waste to miss them while surfing the net, listening to the iPod with the HD television muted in the background, dinner cooking in the crock pot, ice cream churning in the ice cream maker, and the cell phone ringing in the next room too low to be heard.

My advice for graduates, as well as everyone else, is two fold:

Be prepared for disappointment and frustration.
Be persistent and bounce back even more determined to succeed.
~Paul Clitheroe~

Enjoy the little things, because one day
you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~Robert Brault~~

That’s rather self-explanitory which is why tomorrow I’m going to make a point to look at flowers along the road, smell the fresh air, listen to the tweeting of the birds, talk to my neighbor and chat with my family while we play a game after dinner…and I will be really, really, really, grateful that we don’t have outhouses any more. Thank you Albert Giblin!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 sandy June 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Welcome to SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood!


2 SleightGirl June 8, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I am continually fascinated by my blog stats as well, and am always wondering things like, "How did this person all the way in Turkey find me?"


3 Yen June 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

hi, stopping by for the challenge


4 Stacie June 8, 2009 at 4:25 pm

Great Post. Love the advice too! Stopping by from Harriet's Comment Challenge. Happy Monday!


5 Brandy June 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

All great reminders! Now that we have some technology (cells, laptops, internet) I don't know how I survived without it…isn't that silly?!

Welcome to SITS!


6 AndreaLeigh June 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

just wanted to stop by and welcome you to SITS. It is a great way to network and make some new friends!


7 Ashley Ladd June 8, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Life certainly has changed a lot in my almost 50 years. My daughter just graduated this year, too, and so I hope she'll take your advice to heart. Remembering pony kegs, drive ins (we still have an operating one in South Florida), Frisch's outside car hop service, and vanilla French Chews is fun.

But I also think it's uber cool that we can connect, work, and be friends with people across the world.


8 Jen June 9, 2009 at 12:58 am

The internet surely makes the world a little smaller.

Just stopped by from SITS to say hello and welcome.


9 Mercedes June 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

There are definitely pluses and minuses to technology. With a healthy balance it is a great plus.
I love how you came meet people that you would normally never come across.

Welcome to SITS. It is such friendly community. I am sure that you are going to love it.

Happy Blogging.


10 The Mom @ Babes in Hairland June 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

Just stopping by from SITS to welcome you … hope you love it as much as I do.


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