My sons, 38 and 39, informed me that ourvgrandkids had bought us a special gift, and presented us with a package done up in Christmas paper with a bow. When I opened it, I read the words, "Back Up Camera," and saw a small screen about the size of an IPhone.
On of my sons is always complaining that I'm not keeping up with technology because I don't send and receive text messages, and I don't take pictures with my phone (even though my cell phone does have those capabilities.) . My first thought was that this was some kind of camera-phone intended to "back up" my regular camera.
When I said I already had a camera, my older son explained it was a back up camera for my car. When I still looked confused, he said the camera attaches to the rear license plate on my car, and the viewing screen goes on the dashboard so you can see behind you when you put the car in reverse!
I'll admit that the reverse gene may be missing from my driving DNA. Backing the car down his downward sloping, curved driveway is not my favorite thing to do.
Then there's my lack of depth perception. Back in high school (in the days of the Model T Ford) when I took Driver Education, I did quite well except for that machine you look into and indicate which car is closest to you; I swear, as far as I was concerned, they were all equi-distant. Hence we discovered that I don't have depth perception.
Add to that the fact that three years ago, I had a little mishap in my younger son's driveway.....
I was backing our car into a turnaround space off his driveway which was wide enough for two cars. There was a car already parked in the turnaround, so I was being very careful not to back into that car (compensating for my lack of depth perception) and failed to notice the tree on the other side of the turnaround.
Honestly! You back into a tree once, crack a taillight, and they never let you forget it! According to my older son, every time Mr. Eva and I leave my son's house, the kids run upstairs and hide under their beds for safety! He says they fear for their lives, and that's why they wanted to get us this Christmas present!
I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or insulted, but I'll I guess I'll take the camera and hope it serves as protection for the trees and taillights in the future!
EVA (AKA, Crash)