Yesterday as my bride and I were cleaning out the trunk on our car our 4 and 6 year old grand kids were surprised to see something they had never seen before. It was a map! A real map, all folded up and buried beneath other things in the trunk. The kids were surprised that there were streets marked on that map and that back in the olden days, you know the ones before the internet, people would use a map to figure out how they were get to a place they wanted to go. It might be expected that someone my age would bemoan the fact that kids aren’t shown how to use a map today, and that adults among us don’t remember how. But honestly why should we use a map. In these days of voice-activated GPS systems in which we live, there’s no real need for a map. Of course the GPS systems are not flawless. Who among us hasn’t been taken the long way or the wrong way to a destination but that always makes for a good story. I suspect the demise of the use of the map as a traveling aid has resulted in a lot fewer spousal arguments on trips. That’s because guys who will complain that women don’t know how to use a map and never did, will certainly never stop to get directions. That’s the way I see it.