Sunday, April 18, 2010

"What's a Lamp?"

It's official. I've once again failed Mothering 101.

I couldn't have predicted this one, even if I tried. Somewhere in my heart, I knew there would be things we forgot to teach our children. I know my parents did. But somehow the cracks get filled. Whether it is by a teacher, a relative, a friend or (dare I say) T.V.

So when I was putting Scooter in bed the other night, imagine my surprise when I was asked: "Mommy, what's a lamp?"

Surely this must have been covered in one of those sweet baby books we received for his first birthday. He is 5 years old now. How is it that he doesn't know what a lamp is?

By his age I had already changed a few bulbs in our house. Remember back then how often they would burn out? Now you can go something like 10 years before you buy a bulb. I even remember how our hall closet would be ready with at least 4 packs of bulbs. Parents back then would often talk of power surges......we never had one.

So there I sat with Scooter wondering exactly where I had gone wrong. And then it dawned on me. Seven years ago my husband and I bought new construction. We decided on all recessed lighting. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But I never really noticed that we didn't own a lamp. Apparently someone would.

Just goes to show you that you should never take anything for granted. Looks like Scooter and I will be hitting the Yard Sale Circuit soon. He is sure to learn all there is about lamps there.

Please join us soon for some more forgotten life lessons: "What is a Walkman?" "What is a tape cassette?" "And how did you turn on your T.V. if you didn't have a remote?"


The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi! That's so funny!

rachel... said...

Ha! While her uncle was trying to explain her new iPod to us recently, my oldest DID ask: "What's a Walkman?"

ethelmaepotter! said...

Oh my goodness! "What's a lamp?"

Reminds me of once when my son was...maybe six or seven. We were at my parent's house for a family event and my youngest sister, as usual, was running late. So Mom asked my son, who was standing right by the phone, to give Sis a call and see if she was on the way. At the time, Mom and Dad still had an old rotary dial phone. My son looked at the phone for a long minute, then whispered to me, "Mom, how do I do it?"

Holly said...

That's funny! We have had the remote and Internet discussion already! Thanks for stopping by on my SITS Day.

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Pam said...

Oh my! Who knew lamps were obsolete!