Me, being dramatic, "WHAT?" "Did Mom DIE?"
Dad, "No, she doesn't know yet"
Me, "She said you could get a microwave over her dead body."
Dad, "She's in Maryland for the week at her sister's. So I needed one! Don't worry, she'll get used to it."
This was in the 60s. Recently I sent a link to friends with kids, grandkids, work with kids, for a summer fun project using ivory soap and a microwave oven. One friend replied "I wish I had a microwave -- Not really." She's an old-fashioned sort of cook.
Mom did find uses for the microwave. Dad then got each of us kids a microwave so he could use it for his coffee and his oatmeal when they visited us. I foresaw it as useless, but once we had it, we found it handy.
It turns out the first microwave oven was sold in 1947. That's as in freaking NINETEEN FORTY SEVEN! It's new like the TV, refrigerator and stove are new! The countertop version was introduced in 1967 by Amana. Lots of people still refuse to have TVs, and dammit, you just can't get ice delivered for an icebox any more.
Some people are convinced microwave cooking is dangerous, radiates microwaves, chemically changes the food. Could be. I will say this, if you aren't careful, it for sure lets you to cook up all kinds of prepared foods best left out of your meal plan!