I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone has an iPad. Or an iPhone. And most likely, both. This includes not just most families, but each individual member of the family, apparently. I am still shocked by how many of my friends have an iPad for each of their children – and both parents.
We have one iPad in our house… and it’s unquestionably mine. And my husband and I don’t have iPhones; we’re both Droid fans and have phones in the Galaxy family. We wouldn’t change a thing. Someday the wee ones will need to have their own phones, but that day is a long way off in my mind yet. That said, many of the wee ones’ friends have access to phones or iTouches where they can text via wifi.
We live in the Dark Ages in our house. Is this the point in time when I admit that neither of the wee ones knows how to turn on the television?
We’re apparently moving quickly into the future, however. Yesterday, I was at school picking up Mister Man to take him to tae kwon do. A friend of Little Miss’s ran up to me and handed me a piece of paper. ”Here Little Miss’s Mom (I have no name other than someone’s mom anymore). This is Little Miss’s new iPhone!” and then he scampered off.
I looked at the paper and smiled. It had numbers drawn across the top, along with an Apple logo and a touchscreen. I shook my head and waited for Mister Man to appear. Not two minutes later, the same boy was back. ”Little Miss’s Mom! Little Miss’s Mom! I almost forgot to give this to you. It’s Little Miss’s new iPad.”
Special, isn’t it? And sort of sweet. It’s already loaded with Angry Birds, of course. The screen is even open to that game. Apparently someone has figured out that the wee ones love Angry Birds. Did I mention that this isn’t just Angry Birds but the full version of Angry Birds Star Wars that the wee ones have been begging me to buy since November?
Lest you think that this is a knockoff iPad, you simply need to turn it over and examine the back. It includes the Apple logo and the word “Apple” just in case you were confused. There might be a little bit of a spelling error, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that this isn’t a real iPad.
And how do I know that this is real? Aside from the fact that Mister Man saw it last night and immediately purchased, errrr made, his own iPad, the wee ones have been playing Angry Birds on their new iPads. Watching their faces as they beat various levels – and at times didn’t manage to destroy all the pigs on a given level was priceless.
And last night when I went upstairs to bed and saw a sliver of light coming from under Mister Man’s bedroom door, he wasn’t sneaking a book up there. No, he was playing with his brand new iPad.
On one hand, I’m a little frightened for the not to distant future. On the other hand, this is a heck of a lot cheaper than the alternative, and if they’re happy with this version, who am I to stop them?