“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” – Jesus (Acts 20:35)
This aphorism was reinforced to us with great joy when we were visiting my family for Christmas. My mother had given some indications that she was ready to take a technological step forward into the computer age. She wanted something on which she could type letters rather than handwriting them. This may not seem like a big technological step, but bear in mind that she got her first cell phone for Christmas … in 2010!
Kelly and I decided to refurbish my old laptop and give it to her as a surprise. It has grown rather slow with age; it is old enough that it is actually and IBM (not Lenovo) laptop! Kelly did a lot of work installing a new operating system, Xubuntu, and several useful freeware programs (word processing, photo manipulation, DVD player, etc.) to make it as fast and novice-friendly as possible. I made sure to capture the moment of her opening this gift on video:
Her joy seems to have made her a fast learner. She just sent us friend requests on Facebook! The internet will never be the same.