Greetings! After family get-togethers, dinners, shopping, hunting, and reminiscing of holiday celebrations, we go forth into one of the greatest seasons of the year: CHRISTmas!

Greetings! After family get-togethers, dinners, shopping, hunting, and reminiscing of holiday celebrations, we go forth into one of the greatest seasons of the year: CHRISTmas!

As the last month of 2016 enters the scene, we look back over the past eleven months and wonder: “Where has the year gone?” I recall how time passed so slowly when a child and now that I am definitely a very Senior citizen, it doesn’t seem possible to have been blessed to be celebrating as many birthdays and holidays as I have been blessed.

And, with that thought, I want to share with you, a poem that definitely explains how the complicated computer entered my world, turning it upside down! First, I’ll explain the steps leading to the poem.

In the Nineties, I enrolled in a class relating to the medical field. The first thing I noticed was this type-writer type of electric machine on the desk in front of me. My calmness soon began to leave me; also, I felt almost out of place with all the very young students.

The students were familiar, with what I was told was a computer. The nice young instructor told me it was so simple and showed me how to turn it on, etc……. Well, as you can guess, as most of you readers can relate, in those years, one had to keep hitting SAVE! Well, on my Smith Corona electric typewriter, there wasn’t a save button, and I’d forget!!!

I know both the students and instructor were happy when the class ended because I had my hand raised most of the class; my body enveloped in perspiration and my stomach tied in knots. The lesson was to type an entire medical file, from the time the person entered the emergency room, to the end, complete with autopsy report!

Well, as you can guess, I think I only got two or three pages of the forms completed, which the instructor stated I would have to turn them in at the next class.

I didn’t know anything about computers and there wasn’t a computer store in that area, therefore, a fast trip to Norman. I purchased the large computer screen, separate from the computer, and also a Lexmark printer that was also for scanning, fax, and copying and printing photos. I thought that was all there was to the process!

But, wrong! I didn’t have the set up for computer electronic service! More tears, but thankfully, my daughter-in-law knew a good friend that was a teacher at the local school, who had set up most of the computers. He got it set up! Finally, by Monday class time, my complete medical file was ready for the instructor! Now, I was a nervous wreck, but I it was a big relief, and I made A!

Therefore, I want to share a poem that will resonate with many of you Senior Citizens:

“Grandma & Her Computer!”

The computer swallowed grandma.

Yes, honestly it’s true!

She pressed “Control” and “Enter’

And disappeared from view.

It devoured her completely,

The thought just makes me squirm.

She must have caught a virus

Or been eaten by a worm.

I’ve searched through the recycle bin

And files of every kind;

I’ve even used the Internet,

But nothing did I find.

In desperation, I asked Jeeves

My searches to refine.

The reply from him was negative,

Not a thing was found “online.”

So, if inside your “In box,”

My Grandma you should see,

Please “Copy,” “Scan” and “Paste” her,

And send her back to me?

This is a tribute to all the Grandmas and Grandpas, just like me, who have been fearless and learned to use the computer! We are the greatest generation! We do not stop doing, going and playing just because we grow old; we grow old because we STOP PLAYING! So don’t ever, NEVER be the first to get old!

In closing, if we let God take us through the twists and turns, then we can stand the strain and pull and tugs at learning new things, going new places, meeting new people, and staying on the straight and narrow!

Psalms 92:14 – “They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.