The old Royal typewriter had been sitting neglected on a closet shelf for years when Cole pulled it out and promptly fell under its spell.
I explained about how secretaries used to type letters, contracts, and invoices accurately and at breakneck speed using typewriters just like the one he was typing on. He was impressed and then wondered how the letters were sent after they were typed. I admit, I had to consider the question for a minute.
Cole then wondered, “Where does the ink go?” I explained the ribbon was the ink. The concept was a little hard to grasp. My kid has never known a world without inkjet cartridges.
Planning to write his next paper for school on the typewriter, Cole asked me how he would spellcheck the paper. I smiled and said, “Son, let me introduce you to another old and ancient artifact … the dictionary.”
It seems nostalgia only goes so far.