Color TV


On the first day of school after our winter break, I was walking across my son’s elementary school campus when one of the girls in fourth grade came up to say hello to me. I asked her how her Christmas vacation was, and she said it was good, then I asked what she got for Christmas. She was quite excited, and told me that she had received a television.

My first question to her was, “Is it a color TV?” She shook her head ‘no.’ This kind of perplexed me, since all TV transmission is ‘in color.’ I then asked, “Is it a black and white TV?” She shook her head ‘no’ again. That really confused me! She then paused and replied, “No, it’s just a black TV.” This made me pause for a moment, then realized that my questions were so terribly outdated that a nine year old would have no clue as to what it meant whey you say ‘color’ or ‘black and white’. She was referring to the color of the TV’s casing! It was as if we were speaking two separate languages. My reference was back to the 1960’s-70’s, and hers is of the new generation!

(photo courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/