As I parent, I know that one day one of my kids will leapfrog me when it comes to technology and understand how to work a computer, video game, or some device that hasn’t been invented yet better than their old man. However, I never thought that they’d be four years old when they did it.
Our oldest is fascinated by cameras. He loves taking pictures with my digital camera (gulp!) or my cell phone camera. And I like looking at the photographs he takes because it’s interesting to see how he views the world.
(This is what our kitchen sink looks like from his perspective.)
Usually he’ll take pictures with my cell phone camera until the memory is full. Later I’ll go through the pictures, save the one or two I like, and delete the rest.
On Saturday I was going through the latest round of photos and noticed that they some of them had some special effects added to them.
I called our oldest over and asked if he had taken that picture. With quite a bit of pride in his voice, he told me that he had done that.
“How did you do that?” I asked.
“Push seven,” he said.
I pushed seven. Nothing happened.
“It’s not working,” I said.
“You have to start at the beginning,” he said.
“What do you mean?”
Obviously frustrated with his old man’s inability to work a simple cell phone camera, our four-year-old took the camera from me and in a few moments was pushing the seven button and scrolling through a list of special effects.
“See?” he said.
“Wow. That’s amazing. How did you figure that out?”
“I just learned it,” he said.
He scrolled through the special effects and held the camera up so he could see me.
“Smile, Dad,” he said.
And he took a picture.