I trust you are well and keeping up with the latest technological developments so that you can come home and ( allthough somewhat reluctantly ) be your parents’ ” in house tech support”.
I would not be a mother if I didn’t throw in a few words of caution here, so I ask your forgiveness, but I have to ask you to please refrain from spending too many hours playing online computer games and neglecting your studies! Are you eating enough healthy food and sleeping enough? At home we are all well but we miss you everyday.
Now to the real reason for my e mail.
Do you remember when you taught me to work on a computer? You tried many times to demonstrate the basics of computer literacy to me by typing at lightning speed and click clicking the mouse here and there, magically making things appear and disappear on the screen. I could however not grasp the concept, as your fingers moved too fast for my eyes and the steps went by too quickly to process and make it my own.
Then one day you said with some exasperation in your voice : ” Mom remember it all starts with the start button!! “ Those words were the best advice you could give me. After that I could always find my way around if I first found the start button and then logically followed the prompts of the software programme .
Now I have a new problem, which I have to ask you about as I feel too intimidated by the “techies “ at the shop.They might just think I am totally clueless and wasting their time.
To my surprise and joy I received an e bookreader as a promotional gift, with my new upgraded cellphone. As you can imagine I was very impressed since an e bookreader has been on my wishlist for a long time. At home, I eagerly opened the package to discover a thin sophisticated looking device with a touch screen. When I switched it on various little pictures appeared , but I couldn’t find the start button to send me on my discovery journey.
Add to this the fact that I find operating the touch screen very challenging! I touch and nothing happens , I touch again and everything changes in such a way that I haven’t the faintest idea what I have done to make it happen, nor do I know how to get back to where I was. I can’t access the books I so eagerly want to read and if I by accident do access it, the screen suddenly goes dark.
I hope you understand my frustration! I have this wonderful new toy but no idea how to operate and enjoy it. Yes I know you are thinking ” read the manual. ” I tried, however there is so little information it is of no value to me. I find this new technology exceedingly exasperating and desperately need my ” in house techie” to help!
So my dear son, could you please come home this weekend and help your desperate mother to master yet another technological wonder. I promise to cook your favourite meal in return for your assistance.
Waiting eagerly to hear from you .
Love you lots,