At 27, I still think of myself as young, but the other day, I had an “old” moment. Let me explain…we took a walk around the Brown campus this past weekend, and made our way to the library, where I discovered this amazing card catalog system.
I had a flash back to elementary school…a time when the only way to look up information was to find it in a book. It seems impossible, but that was before computers, and Google, and the internet.
I remember learning how to use the card catalog, thumbing through the yellowed cards, as if on a treasure hunt for a certain, small piece of information.
Once you found your card, you then had to use the number to locate the correct section of the library, the exact shelf, and by slowly running your finger along the spines…you would finally find the book that you were searching for.
As a mom, it’s funny to think about the day when I can tell my kids…”I remember a time when there was no such thing as computers. No facebook, no twitter, no blogging…just books.” I am pretty sure that they will just shake their heads and reply…”Whatever mom, I’m sure you and the dinosaurs had some great times together.”