Eddie-cat is beside me, yelling that he has not been fed to the full quota for a gentleman cat of certain years.
(this photo is obviously from Christmas rather than today. This is his "nothing to look at here" pose as he dreams of days when that red bauble would be far more enticing)
He was lying, of course, with a half-bowl of food disregarded because it was on the wrong side of the bowl.
I, his slave, turned his bowl around for him.
I watched a video on Facebook recently that really made me think about various conversations that I have had with my mother over the years in regard to technology.
My mum was a pioneer in computers in our region, really. We had a computer in the early 80s that was the same prices as a small car and you needed to park it to switch in on or off.
I was blessed with her genes, and cursed too - for I get to watch my future at times.
I love my mum to pieces, and sometimes she is akin to her own mother, the lovely Marty, who made us all laugh with her antics.
One Saturday morning she rang me with a curious problem.
Her computer screen display was upside down.
She is a lady "old enough to be my mother" whose cataracts at the time were no longer cateracting as best they ought, whose growing distrust of the industry spawning the inbuilt longevity-issues with her technology choices (with good, and well-delivered tales of plausibility) - and NOW with a very visual "take that" from the Universe - so she rang me over the landline to discuss solutions.
This was an interesting problem from my point of view, mainly because (a) I could only advise based on the information that she was able to give me, and (b) knowing that technology EXISTS - BASIC technology exists whereby she could have SHOWN me the problem and I could have possibly offset the frustration of having to describe to her what she had to do IN REVERSE and MIRROR TEXT - but of course, hindsight is 2020.
(And yes, welcome to the first, and only, 2020 joke of the year. We will now resume normal transmission)
and (c) then you have to convert it to Windows 7.
Anyhow, Mum, Ronny Chieng's mum isn't as awesome as you. I am sure that I would hold state secrets.
(Oh, and he probably - okay, he does, he swears. I agree, there is too much gratuitous swearing these days - yes, those days too but not the same and not as much.)
(But he is funny.)
Ronny Chieng - Ronny Chieng - teaching mother to use computer
I don't know how it got to this, but Paris is now 10 years old and part of her wants to be a You Tuber.
We who must be obeyed are not so enamoured of that idea as she is...
She is also getting to an age where the more not enamoured her parents are to an idea,
the more she wants to argue about clinging to that idea
and so to offset that we pretend not to be even noticing or flinching when she brings up the concept
desparately hoping that any slight cessation of hounding either means
- she is over this particular phase
- OR she too is foxing her disdain to offset our disdain to counteract - well, you get the picture (or maybe you need a diagram)
The worst bit is, there are moments in the marvellous clamours and defense strategies of this child that are sharp well-defined memories of myself at that age.
I had a bit of a reputation for being always up for an argument.
But it took me years to perfect the art-form and how to make it work in real life.
And I want to impart the knowledge that I have gained so she can shortcut all the fruitless arguments in her future...
and all she wants to do is to argue with me.
And I will give her this.
She is gooo-ood.
Its not all arguing, though. She also negotiates.
Last night, she discovered that Mummy had accessed the leftover Christmas goodies, and put aside two small chocolates to reward herself with post the "sitting outside the bedroom door and avoid coversations raised by a 10 year old and hopefully BORE HER to sleep" labour of love.
She DEMANDED that I sign an IOU ON THE SPOT - that she be given a chocolate the next morning from the stash. She grabbed a tissue and, without even unfolding it, took a pen and WROTE OUT AN IOU - with space for me to sign and for her to witness my signature.
I signed, of course. It saved an argument.
What was the FIRST THING that she did on waking this morning?
Presented me with my IOU.
The worst thing is, those two bits of chocolate?
(Mmm - but the one I had just then was pretty good actually. Note to self. Brown wrapper.)
Happy new year all. Its been a big one so far. How about you?