If you give your Mom a Mac

And if she’s 78 years old and has never used a keyboard, she’ll ask “What do I do with this?”  So she’ll need lessons. But then she’ll actually learn to use the darn thing, so the next thing you know you’ll find your email full of those Hallmark-like viral messages that 70-year-olds forward to each other — trust me they’re different than the stuff we all forward to each other — and you’ll have to read a few of them to show your appreciation but that will only be temporary because if the lessons are at the Apple store (just 99 bucks a year for a weekly private lesson) she’ll soon learn how to do other things, like organize the grandchildren’s photos in iPhoto. Of course she’ll then need a digital camera — add another couple of hundred to the thousand you already dished out — and a lesson or two on that thing but hey, it’s worth it to see your Mom getting all digital and everything because soon she’ll figure out the iChat feature and be able to video conference with the grandkids. Since they won’t always be that interested, she’ll explore other features. She’ll master Google and realize she can keep up with you even on those days you forget to call or email. Of course there is a risk she’ll find your Facebook page, decide to open an account and friend you, which could be a little troublesome because even if you aren’t posting pictures of yourself half dressed or partying do you really want your Mom commenting on your status?  She might even show up on Twitter, too, and if your Mom were anything like my Mom she would probably RT everything you had to say or let everyone know how proud she was of you which could get just embarrassing enough that you might regret ever getting your Mom a Mac in the first place.

Then again, things could turn out the way they did for my Mom. She might be eternally grateful. Be stimulated and inspired by the new world she finds online. Connect with old friends she’d lost touch with. And become more connected to the outside world. Have you bought your Mom, or your Grandma, a Mac?  What are you waiting for?

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edwardboches
edwardboches

So, Mom took this blog to the Apple store and showed it off to her instructor and everyone else who would listen. But what she wanted me to pass along was this:

"You should mention that when I send my photos to friends and family (the ones I take on photo booth) I take the wrinkles out. NOW....if I could really take them out! Anyway, everyone thinks I look terrific . It makes me feel a little better when I see them myself. Just shows that you can't believe everything you read and also everything you SEE.
Love
MOM

DC Grrl
DC Grrl

Nicely written. I have to laugh because my mom, a retired research librarian, begged me to use my university-assigned e-mail address in 1990, and has been doing the computer purchasing for our family for decades. She's a PC, I'm a Mac - she has a Handspring/Palm, I've got an iPhone. But we're compatible. She is my FB friend and she does check in on my Twitter page every now and then. She and my dad have 3 computers. I am my mother's daughter. LOL ;)

Jim @smashadv
Jim @smashadv

Or, you could have my mom who is in denial that the whole email web thing is real. But - she's on a PC with AOL and lives in Texas, so she's got that going for her. Great post Edward. I enjoy your writing.

Amy
Amy

Great post. I was laughing because I'm living this! My mother sends the emails hourly. When I started a blog, she started a blog. (It gives her a great platform for airing her ideas. You know, like how we could solve the drug problem in the US by banning the sale of zip lock baggies.) When she heard I was on Facebook, she got on Facebook. (I was happy to see she joined the group "Why Yes, I Do Frequently Burst Out Into Song!") And when I told her I was working on my website her first response was, "Maybe I need one of those."
But it's changed her life, too. And mine. I've learned about my mother from a totally new perspective by reading her blog. And she is now connected online to old friends from Brooklyn and her "Church Ladies" in Tulsa. The forwarded emails can get to be a little much though. Maybe I should give her your mom's address instead.