A few months ago my family was blessed with the arrival of a grandchild. She's a beautiful little girl and seems to be doing fine.
Strangely, I think I've been more aware of her development than I was of my own children's.
I've noticed how when she was just days old, her eyes spent most of the time closed, and she slept. After a couple weeks I noticed that she began to visually notice things, and then gradually focus her attention on things she could visually perceive.
Then, after the ripe old age of about two months, she began to really react to her visual perception.
If Grandpa got right into her view and gave her a big smile, she would return the favor with the most genuine cheek-to-cheek smile you could imagine.
It's worth the effort to entice her into it, for it's truly heartwarming, even if it is a little drooly.
But lately, I've noticed another change.
Now, many times she'll just sit quietly and look around at things. Nothing in particular, just looking at everything.
I call it her ``data acquisition mode."
I think she's filling up her memory banks. Doing data entry, if you will. Vacuuming up information about the world around her.
I suppose everyone does it, but I can especially relate to it.
You see, I'm an information junkie.
I have been in data acquisition mode for my whole life.
I worked at a newspaper for more than 30 years, and it was like a drug addict working in a pharmaceutical factory.
To this day, I still love learning about what's going on in my world, and here is where technology has tied in so nicely for me.
I used to be satisfied reading the newspaper and watching TV news, like a normal person.