How do you feel when you move to a new place or start a new phase of life…Scary at first, right? You go on a roller-coaster ride of emotions – how you so want to go back to the known territory, yet somehow deep inside you know you want to experiment with what the new world has to offer.
That’s exactly how she felt when she was introduced to it. The thought that something might go wrong in someway constantly bothered her…so she kept away as much as she could. She made sure there was always someone around whenever she was handling it. And not once did she try to do anything she wasn’t taught how to…she maintained the distance.
But it all changed withtime…Familiarity crept in, slowly but steadily. And now she has come to master it :-).
This is a pic of my mother using my sister’s Mac.
And this was the conversation between sis and Amma that evening –
Sis: Amma, that’s a mac. It’s different from the usual Windows systems you are used to. So lemme show you how to…
Amma: Oh dear, how hard can it be? All I want to do it open a browser and check my email. You don’t think I can handle that? I’ll be fine, don’t you worry.
Sis: Huh????!???!! Ok!
Today when Amma received my Uncle’s email informing her that he has bought a new PC, this was part of her her reply to him –
Go to gmail, create an account for yourself…that way you can use it with Google Talk and we can voice chat (will tell you how to once you have the account). Get it? Otherwise let me know and I will explain in detail or maybe just create an account for you. OK?
For someone who was afraid to use the computer without supervision…for someone who thought she would never get what this whole WWW is about…for someone who refused to go by the computer for days because it crashed when she was using it – getting to this point is a great achievement in itself, I think :-).
She makes sure she, at the least, knows what ‘hot trend’ on the WWW today is…a month or so ago, from who knows where, she learned all about twitter and discussed it with me :-). She isn’t afraid of experimenting anymore…if something goes wrong, she is sure to ask / understand what she did to cause it and how not to do it again. And she is confident enough to handle anything that comes her way… 🙂
I’m so proud of you, Amma. You are way too ‘cool’ ;-).