A lot has happened in the last 18 years

Kids who are now 18 years old and graduating from high school were born at the turn of the century. Do you remember the dreaded Millennium Bug that occurred at that time, when computer analysts feared that rolling into a new numbered century would wreak havoc on computers and bring civilization to a screeching halt? As you may recall, it ended up way too much about nothing. Those new babies were raised with a computer not a pacifier. Only 18 years ago an app was something you filled out to get a job at McDonalds and a Blackberry was something you picked off a bush. A smartphone didn’t exist; we thought smart bombs were sophisticated. Iraq and Afghanistan were oil fields not US war zones. And a CD drew 6.5% interest at your bank.

Unlike Cinderella, civilization wasn’t altered at the stroke of midnight, like a carriage gone into the pumpkin status. It didn’t change at all, but since then, do you realize all that has happened during those 18 years? There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no blogs, no Wikipedia, no YouTube, no online shopping and no one had Wi-Fi. Download was a term that still only applied to dump trucks. No one heard of an i-Phone or i-Tunes or an i-Pad. And who would have thought that you could see your relatives and friends in person when talking via Facetime.

Google was something your 4-month-old kid did and flying on an airplane was easy; your luggage flew free. Gasoline was $1.48 a gallon. And 9/11 were two random numbers. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>