Monday, November 13, 2006

I have just spent three days completely updating the 'Elderwoman' website. What a huge task! I have enjoyed it though. I'll be uploading all the new files this afternoon - I hope!
It is amazing to look back and think that I hadn't even touched a computer until 1989 and to tell the truth I was a bit terrified of them. But one day I confessed that to a man sitting next to me at a meeting, and he said "Oh don't worry. It's just a fancy typewriter."
Somehow, that made it a lot less scary. Funny, isn't it, how sometimes a person will say just the right words!
So my partner, Sky, (who at that time worked in the IT industry) invited me to come into his office on the weekend and started to de-mystify computers for me. That was the beginning. Since then, I have never looked back.
After we both retired, Sky was relieved not to have to think about computers any more whereas I had launched myself a new journey of discovery. So nowadays, I am the one who shows him how to do things on his computer. How times have changed!
Mind you, I couldn't do any of this without him. For he is the one who reminds me to get up, stretch, take a break and be kind to these aging, 70-year-old bones...

1 comment:

mae-lou said...

My daughter bought the first computer in our house for her college homework. I hogged it all the time, until she moved and took it with her. Then I was at the library, actually both local libraries using their computer for the one hour allotted. I was like an alien on another planet when I realized I could chat with anyone anywhere anytime, and they could just ding me up and I came running from another room to chat. My son in Japan would sign on in the a.m. there, and I would see him, and say "good morning"...he said it was kind of creepy having your mom there as you start your day at the office all the way from Maine to Japan. He said we can email....just not instant message. He used some technical reason...but I know he had work to do and could not just chit chat idely. Yes, women over 50 have so much to offer. I was raised by women in their 50's-70's...two sisters and their mom. I believe that gave me a great head start in life. Now I'm 57 and raising a teen nephew, and spending time daily with my 7 yr old grandaughter, as well as fulltime work, and 1/2 time school. I look forward to reading more of your work. It sounds like you and Sky have a very contented life together.