I had to have a young man help me with computer technology the other day. He was a pleasure to work with and quickly figured things out, in fact, he did a lot more than I even anticipated accomplishing. My kids will be pleased next time they come and want to use wi-fi anywhere in my house.

I used to wonder if I should take a class and learn how to do all of this kind of thing myself. Not anymore and I have two reasons. The first of which is the fact that if I don’t do a particular task at least once a week, I forget how to do it. Secondly, having contact with real people is a blessing. I heard this young man’s college and career plans. We talked about his current homework and semester finals. He helped me measure a large window for new shades and then gave me pointers on the newest operating systems for computers. If I don’t remember a bit of the technical side of the conversation, I will certainly remember all of the human side of it, his courtesy, and especially our laughter when wires got tangled. As he put it, “It takes a lot of wires to make your old system wireless.”

While I rely on technology more and more, I place more and more value on the human side of life. Of all the things I would ask for a ‘do-over’ if I could – none of them would have a thing to do with technology – all of them would have to do with the time I spent with loved ones, the words that did or did not come out of my mouth, and the understanding and patience I gave people, the human side of life. Cherish it. It can be taken away from you in an instant.

So, next time I need updating, I plan to call on a young person to come spend a few hours with me. It’s good for my computer and good for my soul.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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