I marvel at my three year-old's ability to manipulate the iPhone and iPad. He's not a genius as I have heard similar stories from other parents. The fact is, he came to it with a clean slate. He didn't have any preconceived notions about how it should work, how previous tools compare, or its limitations. I didn't have to explain it to him. It has one button and endless possibilities with the touchscreen and he was happy to figure it out with trial and error. He's clearly as comfortable with the device as my sister (see below) and can spend hours playing games, surfing YouTube, and looking at pictures.
Last year, I posted a list of 10 things I was thankful for on the eve of Thanksgiving. I am of the mindset that it's always important to focus on what you are grateful for, but since it's the day before Thanksgiving, here's this year's list. 1. At his son's bar mitzvah last month, in his toast, my cousin Ross Levine said something along the lines of, "Friends and family are the most important things in life. Everything else comes after." I am sure I am misquoting him, but you get the point. I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams in the friends and family department and appreciate each and every one of you.