Mothers Can’t Monitor Every Situation

, , , , | Related | January 25, 2019

(I’m the default tech support for my 80-year-old mother. I take care of any issues she has with her computer, TV, or any other tech she has in the house — yes, including her microwave. It’s a thankless job, but someone has to do it. I was visiting my mother two weeks ago when she told me her computer was acting up. I followed her back to her room so she could show me the issue she was having. It was a common issue that usually solves itself with a reboot.)

Me: “Let’s reboot your computer and see if that fixes the problem.”

Mom: “Okay!”

(Mom reaches over and turns off her monitor, waits a moment, and then turns it back on. Then she opens the program she had opened before and the problem pops up again.)

Mom: “Nope, that didn’t fix it.”

(I stared at her for a moment, not sure what had just happened. Did she just…? Why did she…? Once my brain kicked back into gear, I showed Mom how to safely shut down her computer, wait at least thirty seconds, and then start it back up by pressing the button on the front of the case. Not surprisingly, her computer problem was fixed. Of course, that was not the end of it. She then spent the next five minutes arguing with me about how what she did, turning on and off the monitor, was the exact same thing. Deciding that she wouldn’t be happy until she proved herself right, I quickly made excuses, grabbed my purse, and hightailed it out of there. She called me two days later and apologized. Seems she talked to my older sister about what happened that day and my sister laughed at her for ten minutes straight. Thanks for having my back, sis!)

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