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Small Town Life – An Old Dog

I hear the phrase “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” used in reference to humans alot. I just want to put it out there that we are not dogs. Humans are humans! Therefore, no matter how old we are we should be capable of learning new tricks.

My grandmother was gifted an iPad by her children (who I was amazed were using iPads themselves as they are in their 60’s and rather resistant to technology). At first she hated it. I just wasn’t working well for her. Touch screens take some getting used to and well, it’s not fun to get used to them. I, myself, was a little nervous about my first touch screen device.Can-you-teach-your-old-dog-new-tricks-on-an-Apple-iPad

However, after many months of just keeping at it (mostly because her grandson was on the computer so much), grandma got the hang of the iPad and now spends a significant amount of her time using it for the various functions it’s good for. She peruses Facebook, keeping up with her kids and grandkids and great-grandkids (no doubt reading this very post). She maintains a Netflix account and does online banking. (She also golfs almost daily.)

When she first started doing adult things like paying bills, she was writing personal checks and keeping accounts in a ledger. Now she’s using her iPad for all of that old stuff she used to do. She’s in her 80s. Now, I would never presume to call her old but I will say that she learned a new trick and I hope to stay that open minded. I want to always learn new tricks and never have it said of my that I’m an old dog.98

Doppelganger Swimmers

Well the past two weeks have been filled with our eldest daughter attending swimming lessons. This has been her second summer attending these lessons. Last summer was tough because she was still afraid of the water. Her first day I spent half the class period trying to calm her down and to just get her into the water. What a difference a year makes. She had so much confidence and fun this year and she was able to advance to the next level.  Woo Hoo!!! The first day of lessons this year we found out that there was another Abigail Adams and they would be in the same class. Doppelganger alert!!! It’s weird to see another Abigail Adams, but also cool at the same time. I’m just glad her dad’s name isn’t John Adams (my official name). That would be too weird!!!

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Doppelganger
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Abby and Abby Adams
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Noodle Train!!!
As you can tell by her expression. She loved this part!!!
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