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'Goodnight, iPad?'

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By Calen McKinney

 

When I was a child, my parents and grandparents read me bedtime stories.

My favorite was “Goodnight Moon,” the story where the reader says goodnight to bears, chairs, kittens, mitten, socks, a house, a mouse, the stars, air and noises everywhere.

I loved the book. My copy was extremely tattered and torn from repeated use. I believe the book was the start of my love of reading.

A few years ago, I bought a brand new copy and it’s on display in my home office.

My grandmother used to read me stories from a “Big Book of Stories.” It was the first item I wanted when we were discussing what to do with her possessions after she died. She read those stories to my dad when he was little.

Like “Goodnight Moon,” the Big Book is extremely tattered with wear. Its spine has nearly broken in half. I don’t think I can get another of this book, so I’ll have to treat it with care.

I was at a bookstore recently and saw a parody book of “Goodnight Moon” on the shelf called “Goodnight iPad.”

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have an iPad and I love it. It and other devices like it are great inventions and make everyday tasks much easier.

However, I am completely OK with going without Internet access for a while and don’t have to check my email every five minutes.

“Goodnight iPad” is the story of a mother who asks her children to turn all their technological devices off and go to bed. She simply can’t sleep with the noise.

The children say goodnight to video games, a Blackberry, Facebook, text messaging, the Nook and much more.

The book is humorous and shows just how much the world has changed since 1947, when Margaret Wise Brown wrote “Goodnight Moon.”

But does it say more than that?

Does “Goodnight iPad” imply that people today are too dependent on technology?

I’ll admit, I’m usually not far from a cell phone, listen to my iPod just about every day and love having a car that talks to me, even though she may not know how to pronounce my name.

We all use technology, but I don’t think we should be dependent on it. Some people today, I’m sure, don’t even use their cell phones to make phone calls.

I’m still not sure how I feel about “Goodnight iPad.” On one hand, the book is funny, and with good intention I’m sure, pokes fun at those who seem to have their technological devices glued to their hands.

But on the other hand, “Goodnight iPad” takes something so important to me and makes a parody of it. That hasn’t settled with me yet.

“Goodnight Moon” is such a simple, peaceful story. “Goodnight iPad” illustrates how crazy the world has gotten since then, and it truly has.

But above all, I hope people today are still reading books ... whether it’s “Goodnight Moon” or “Goodnight iPad.”

Where’s the winter?

I don’t know about you, but I’m completely disappointed that winter has come and all but gone without giving us one decent snow.

I love snow. What’s better than waking up one morning to find a blanket of white on your front yard? Driving in snow is the pits, but isn’t snow pretty?

For those who don’t believe in global warming, have the 80-degree temperatures in March persuaded you at all?