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And People Ask Why I Don't Take a Class

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And People Ask Why I Don't Take a Class

My vacant stare was sure to be 
a giveaway to anyone that saw . . .
I was a Pilgrim there to the land of techno-jargon,
of icons, Help instructions meaning nothing,
and a world of young and savvy operators.
Our teacher wasn’t there. 
Certain that the worksheet explaining all the basics
would be a breeze for us to carry out,
he’d arrogantly left the room
and left the lot of us to the mercy of
a keyboard and computer.

I looked up from his worksheet 
to a screen that stared right back at me,
awaiting my commands.
I was on the starting path to what is often called
the Super Highway, 
and my boarding pass, tuition to the class,
was non-refundable.
Overwhelmed, I started out.  Then I hit a rut
and didn’t have a clue what next to do.
My learning peers already seemed to know
the route quite well. 
Some, in fact, were calling it a day
while I stayed on, ashamed to bother
any of the others there for help.

I looked around the room, my tired brain
a hot plate in the midst of younger minds
with the speed of ovens made for microwave.
Perhaps they’d all conspired to put 
the older lady at unease.
It seemed the more I tried to understand,
the more pathetically off course I’d go. . . 
Till finally (longing for a time when 
“cut and paste” implied the use of scissors),
I got up from my seat and left behind
the self-instructing worksheet which
that egghead teacher said would be “a cinch.” 
Two big words were scrawled across the top
of its first page, two big words in red,
written with the one tool I could trust: 

For Natalie Whitlock's 
"Talkin' Technology" Contest

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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  1. Date: 8/19/2011 2:18:00 PM
    What a delight, especially the last line.

  1. Date: 7/26/2011 9:30:00 PM
    this one is good. my friends too urged me to take up a course saying there is no future without the computer. but some how i never did it. nothing better than picking up a pen and writing. all the books my husband downloads for me are never read while the ones with paper in them are quickly devoured. not a tech savvy me:( Congratulations on this wonderful write.

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 7:15:00 PM
    hahaha! It's the dawning of a new age for sure... AND there's nothin' like the wisdom of our elders...never has been, never will be. Thanks for the terrific read!

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 10:30:00 AM
    Do I sense some pent up frustration:) Loved it. Congratulations on your win.

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 8:54:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Natalie's "Talkin' Tech" contest Andrea. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/25/2011 3:29:00 AM
    hye Andrea, greta write, congrats on your win, David

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 11:41:00 PM
    Congrats on your win... I can empathize. Lee

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:30:00 PM
    Andrea, you did a strong job setting up the atmosphere of this poor pilgrim lost in techno-jargon....and a weak, pious instructor to boot :D Congratulations on your win~!

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 8:05:00 PM
    Congrats Andrea on another fantastico win .. well deserved second place for this brilliant beauty my friend... buckets of rain at the shore right now .. wow..

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 7:10:00 PM
    I loved this!...I'm still kinda laughing inside. I know how you

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 5:36:00 PM
    My congratulations on the second place win in the contest of natalie, andrea

  1. Date: 7/24/2011 5:05:00 PM
    Andrea-Congrats on placing 2nd in my contest!!! This was great-I especially like the Pilgrim line-LOL!

  1. Date: 7/19/2011 2:05:00 PM
    Boy!!! Do I know this all too well!!! Been there. lol. Great writing, Andrea. Lainie

  1. Date: 7/19/2011 9:33:00 AM
    OH I hear you so loud and clear on this write Andrea. These youngsters forget we came from a time when the electric typewriter first came into being, hear , hear to the last line. I have found that technology in some areas have slowed down things one for example is my work. I can do 3 to 1 manually so don't give me the crap that tech, is faster. This is a winner in my books. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 12:53:00 PM
    haha.. great one luv.. enjoyed this adventure with technology and a superb last line when all is said and done ...good luck in the friend..

  1. Date: 7/18/2011 4:31:00 AM
    Ha-ha! This reminds me of ME when I first tried to learn how to use a computer. I took (or rather, struggled with) basic lessons before going it alone. That was only five years ago, and I've come a long way since then. The trouble with technology is that it never stands still! Hope this does well in the contest, Andrea! Love, Robert.

  1. Date: 7/17/2011 11:43:00 PM
    lol, i enjoyed this as i am so techno-challenged... whooty win for you , andie..:) huggs!

  1. Date: 7/17/2011 7:00:00 PM
    Fantastic but down to earth take on the theme of the contest, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/17/2011 4:39:00 PM
    Really enjoyed how you ended this one, Andrea :D definitely enjoyed reading this and you sure conveyed that apprehension well here...I also could remember how intimidated I was in our computer classes in grade school, haha hated it actually ;) hugs to you sweetie

  1. Date: 7/17/2011 2:06:00 PM
    Funny....sorry to hear you had to have surgery. Did u have the rotor cuff surgery. I hear it is awfully painful the first month. do rest plenty and do the exercises as needed. Hope you are better soon!