Today I bought a family membership at the Gilbert History Museum.
Because Max was the teacher and led the Pledge of Allegiance, and we sat in the desks and he asked questions and we raised our hands and it was infectious
Because I want their childhood to have dimension, when they read a book that is evocative of weight, wood or has heft. I want them to know what it feels like, because digitization removes dimension. Can you imagine growing up without using your five senses constantly? How many senses does it take to play on an iPad? I love my iPad, but my boys need to know what chalk feels like. And so much more.
When they play a video game or see a movie, I want them to recognize that ideas derive from earlier ideas
I want to visit with them over and over again when they are young so that things that I think are common will be common for them too. I used to visit my Grandmother’s house and play with her old things. I grew up in farmhouse with heavy chestnut molding around the windows, I had a toolbox and played in a creek. Nature is a little further away these days and most of the items in our home are synthetic.
I can’t imagine how they can understand what is real and what isn’t real, the way special effects are, how quickly the internet moves. How will they know how far we came if they don’t know where we came from?
I don’t want to turn back the clock. I like the information age. But I also like belonging to a larger story. I know our visit communicated something to my kids. I want my boys to have it all.
Thank you Gilbert History Museum Community for holding onto the past and keeping it in the present for our children.
P.S. The Gilbert Historical Museum is at 10 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ 85296. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.
$5 – Adults
$4 – Seniors
$3 – Children aged 5-12
Free for kids Under 5
My family membership was $40.00. I’m excited to be in the loop.