Recently, some important-sounding organization, governmental agency, and/or university study released this statement:
WARNING: COMPUTERS ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF COMPUTER WOE.
I apologize for not being able to recite the exact quotation, nor attribute it to the correct author (OK, it was me), but I seriously believe this. With all the fiber of my being, I believe that the majority of my computer issues, frustrations, and cursing would cease if we didn’t have computers in the house. Just like parenting would be much easier if it weren’t for these darn kids.
The latest hair-pulling situation comes courtesy of our dilapidated laptop-turned-desktop. This poor laptop computer had been abused so much (carried around open) that the hinge went bad and now is in a permanently open position on a desk, NEVER to be moved (or you may result physically harmed) thus rendering it now a desktop computer. This poor, lowly, beat-up computer wants nothing more than to please its people, but, alas, it is having recharging issues. Despite being plugged in and having plenty of time with Thomas Edison Juice, it just went kaput. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A GILMORE GIRLS MARATHON! Given the precious nature of its use, I suspect sabotage. Someone doesn’t want me lounging about watching Netflix when I
should could be doing dishes, laundry, mowing, etc., etc., etc.
Another problem with laptops is that they are mobile. I went in search of another laptop so I could finish watching my Gilmore Girls episode but I couldn’t find it. I tried looking in the usual locations — the boys’ room, the girls’ room — to no avail. Maybe one of them hid it, which has happened before. By hiding the computer, they think they can then have priority when they get home. Silly, silly children. Have you forgotten our no-screens after school rule? Now, dear children, you are just frustrating your mother, which is NOT good. Unless…maybe they are the saboteurs, thinking that if Mom doesn’t have access to computers they will have a homemade meal!
Well, well, little devious offspring, I have two words for you: Kindle & cellphone. Ha ha! You can’t keep me from my technology addiction! I still have ways to Facebook and stuff! In fact, I am going to go crush some candy right now! And as for dinner tonight….PB&J! Again!!!!!
Computers may cause woe, but there are ways to deal with it.