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My 90 year old grandma wants a kobo and a playbook


Over the weekend, we were all hanging out at my parents’ house to celebrate my dad’s birthday. My grandma had just woken up from her nap so she was just sitting quietly at the dinner table, not really in tune with all the excitement.

Then my dad showed her his birthday gift: a kobo touch e-reader. When he told her that he’d be able to store thousands of ebooks on this little device, she suddenly became alert. That small information woke her up.

My grandma loves to read so she immediately wanted to check it out. My dad proceeded to show her some of the ebooks that he just loaded to his kobo, after which she announced that she wanted one. She told us (yes, told, not asked) to buy her one.

At first we thought that perhaps she was just pulling our legs, but after repeatedly telling us, we concluded that she was indeed serious.

Then my sister took out her blackberry playbook and said, “Look at this one. It has a kobo too but this is more like a little computer.”


The look on my grandma’s face was priceless. Highly curious, she asked us to show her how this little computer works.

Then she announced that she wanted one. Oh boy. What have we started?

This made me realize though that sometimes we take technology for granted. It has evolved so much that we rely heavily on it and assume that everyone is up-to-date with it. The gen Ys grew up with it and probably started learning it at the wee age of 0. Not having a computer is a foreign concept to the gen Ys. We forget that there are people like my grandma, who’s “a little bit” older and is completely out of touch with technology.

My grandma received a phone call the other day from Bell, offering her some Internet service. She politely declined. But you know how these telemarketers are. They’re persistent. So this guy on the phone asked her why she declined the offer. She responded that she didn’t have a computer. He was flabbergasted. No computer? Really? Is that possible?

Then he asked why she didn’t have a computer. She answered, “Do you know how old I am? I’m 90.” Well, that shut him up. He was literally speechless.

This made me wonder though. Should my grandma have a computer? Should she learn how to use one now? Is she missing anything important by not owning one? I honestly don’t know. On the one hand, she’s already 90. On the other hand, she’s younger than some 60 year olds I know.

For now, I think we’ll start her off with a kobo. See how that goes.

We’re very blessed to have a pretty cool grandma like her. Like people always say…you’re as young as you feel. And she’s definitely still young…in her heart and ours.

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